Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council

A nonprofit, cross-disability, consumer-controlled organization, the mission of the Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council is to use our collective power and legal mandate to develop and secure public policies that ensure civil rights and expand options for all people with disabilities in all aspects of life.

Responsibilities of the PA SILC

-Collaborate with, strengthen and expand the network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs)
-Identify issues important to all individuals with disabilities which need to be addressed at the State and Federal Level
-Obtain input from all stakeholders and develop the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL)
-Monitor and review the implementation of the SPIL

Upcoming Meetings & Events

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Wed 25

PA Rehabilitation Council-Quarterly meeting

October 25 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Full Calendar of Events

Independent Living

Independent living, is a philosophy and a worldwide movement of individuals with disabilities working for equal opportunities, self-determination, and self-respect.  It stems from the fundamental principle that people with disabilities are entitled to the same civil rights, options and control over choices in their own lives as people without disabilities.

MORE ABOUT INDEPENDENT LIVING
STATE PLAN FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING (SPIL)

Centers for Independent Living

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are consumer‑controlled, community‑based, cross‑disability, nonresidential private nonprofit agencies operated by individuals with disabilities, providing an array of independent living services.

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POSITION AVAILABLE
Associate Director; Policy
Institute on Disabilities/UCEDD
College of Education
Temple University

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University is authorized as Pennsylvania’s University Center for Excellence under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. The purpose of a University Center for Excellence is to provide university and community training, innovative services and supports, technical assistance, research and dissemination to support people with disabilities in their pursuit of independence, productivity, community inclusion, and overall quality of life. UCEDDs are in a unique position to use research to inform policy-making activities and support stakeholders to engage in policy through community education efforts. The Policy Director’s role is to lead and coordinate the UCEDD’s activities related to policy. This position is grant funded and is a full-time position based in Philadelphia at Temple’s main campus.

Role: The Policy Director is responsible for coordinating all policy-related activities for the Institute and working on other grants and contracts related to public policy, such as the Implementation of the CMS Final Rule for Home and Community-based Services . The position involves analysis of policy, formulation of policy positions and submission of public comments, development of strategies for educating policy-makers and other stakeholder groups on policy-related issues. The Policy Director stays current on state-level policy activity including both administrative and legislative. Primary focus is on the Office of Developmental Programs, the Office of Long Term Living, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The Policy Director follows national policy and focuses efforts on priority issues identified by the Association for University Centers on Disabilities and the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs.


Duties include but are not limited to:
• Chair the Institute’s Policy Committee
• Manage operations for grants such as the CMS Final Rule grant including oversight of subcontractors and all reporting as required by PADDC.
• Extensive grant writing in the areas of person-directed services, direct support workforce, person-centered thinking and emerging areas.
• Supervise project staff on grant-related activities – at least 2 FT staff, graduate students and a law intern who is recruited, selected and supervised.
• Represent the Institute on relevant committees such as the APS Coalition, Chapter 6100 regulation Revisions, the Disability Budget Coalition and the AUCD public policy committee.
• Develop policy statements on behalf of the Institute which reflect the Institute’s vision, mission and values.
• In collaboration with the Executive Director and relevant project staff, develop responses to proposed rules and regulations at the local, state and federal levels.
• Collaborate and coordinate responses to proposed rules and regulations with other statewide disability organizations (for example: Disability Rights Pennsylvania, PA Developmental Disabilities Council, PA Health Law Project, Statewide Independent Living Council, PA Assistive Technology Foundation, Vision for Equality, Self-Advocates United as 1 and The Arc of PA, etc.)
• Plan and implement an annual Exposition at the State Capitol in Harrisburg to showcase the programs of the Institute and develop and disseminate our legislative agenda for the year.
• Collaborate with project staff at the IOD to conduct policy analysis and develop communication strategies including identifying and coordinating meetings with key policy-makers.
• As appropriate, coordinate activities with Temple’s Office of Government Affairs, both on main campus and in Washington, DC.
• Provide training and technical assistance to self-advocates and families on policy-related issues.
• Participate in IOD management meetings.
• Assists/ provides input with overall IOD strategies including chairing activities related to one goal area on core federal grant
• Represent the Executive Director at policy tables at the state and national levels.


Qualifications: (1) Master’s Degree in a human service or behavioral science field with a background in disabilities; (2) Experience with policy analysis and advocacy; (3) Exceptional ability to manage and coordinate statewide activities with a variety of stakeholders, (4) demonstrated experience working effectively with people with disabilities and families, (5) demonstrated written and oral communication skills, with a special focus on communicating complex ideas to a variety of audiences, and (6) at least 10 years’ experience in the field, with a minimum of 3 to 5 years of supervisory experience. Statewide travel is required. Personal experience with disability (e.g. person with a disability, family member of a person with a disability) is a plus.

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified minorities, persons with disabilities and family members
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Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council

Feeling Safe - Being Safe - for Deaf IndividualsOctober 20, 2017, 9:00amManheim Township Public LibraryAre you prepared?
Results from recent disasters clearly indicate that many members of the deaf and hard of hearing community remain unprepared to participate in their own emergency preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.

This workshop is intended to provide basic emergency preparedness planning information so that all Deaf and Hard of Hearing community members are aware of one phase of the preparedness cycle - having a personal emergency plan.

This workshop will address the planning process and provide tips and resources that will prepare you to FEEL SAFE - BE SAFE and be prepared for an emergency situation.

FREE three hour workshop
Friday, October 20
9:00 am to Noon

Registration is required! Enrollment is limited!!
Register for this workshop:
At the Disability Empowerment Center, 941 Wheatland Avenue, Suite 201, Lancaster, PA
Text: 717.380.9714
Email: blllink@mail.com
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