What is the SILC?

The Texas State Independent Living Council (SILC) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to assist Texans with disabilities to live as independently as they choose. 

There is one SILC in each state. Texas SILC is led by a majority of people with disabilities and consists of Governor-appointed members.


The Texas SILC develops, monitors, and evaluates the Independent Living Services based on the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). 

We Advocate

We Advocate on issues affecting people with disabilities based on the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL).

We Collaborate

We work with Centers for Independent Living to create a State Plan for Independent Living, which is a statewide, three-year strategic plan. The SILC also monitors, evaluates, and reviews this plan. 

We Develop

 We develop and coordinate resources needed for CILs to have adequate capacity to provide Independent Living Services Coordinates activities with other entities that provide services that are complementary to Independent Living services.

State Plan for Independent Living

The State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) is a three-year strategic plan that provides for the Independent Living Services for people with disabilities. 

There are 27 Centers for Independent Living across Texas that provide direct services for people with disabilities that are partners and authors of the SPIL. 

What is Independent Living?

The Texas Network for Independent Living consists of 27 Centers for Independent Living (CILs).

The Independent Living Philosophy: Independent Living stems from a philosophy which states that people with disabilities should have the same civil rights, options, and control over choices in their own lives as do people without disabilities.

Independent Living Services: Independent living services help people with disabilities achieve greater independence in the home and community. Read more about Centers for Independent Living.

Centers for Independent Living

CIls are community-based organizations, designed and run by people with disabilities, to provide Independent Living services for all people with disabilities. 

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07/26/2022 – Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act! As we celebrate the advances made due to this landmark legislation, we will continue to advocate for additional awareness, full compliance with its requirements, and strong protections for people with disabilities. Let us celebrate our community’s progress and continue our advocacy for the full inclusion of all Texans with disabilities!