Our Mission

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.

What we do

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

The SILC also:

Advocates on issues affecting people with disabilities;

Collaborates 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.  

Develops and coordinates resources needed for Centers for Independent Living to have adequate capacity to provide Independent Living Services Coordinates activities with other entities that provide services that are complementary to Independent Living services.

What we doN’t DO

While the Texas SILC does many things, it does not:

Provide direct services such as purchasing medical equipment, locating housing, or hiring personal care attendants;

Provide legal  services for people with disabilities;

Provide oversight of the Centers for Independent Living; CILs are their own independent, community based non-profits;