The New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental, consumer controlled organization. The council is composed of 26 appointees from around the state, a majority of whom have disabilities, representing diverse cultures and needs in the state. NYSILC is responsible for jointly developing, monitoring, and evaluating the three-year Statewide Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). The State Plan partners include NYSILC and the federal centers for Independent Living (CILs). The New York State Education Department/Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) serves as the designated state entity (DSE).

Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs) are established under Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. NYSILC conducts surveys, develops reports, and has an active committee structure that addresses significant issues impacting New Yorkers with disabilities. Council meetings are held quarterly in Troy and are open to the public.

For more information, contact us at:

Phone: (518) 427-1060 (Voice/ TTY)
Toll Free: 1 (877) 397-4126 (NY State only)
Fax: (518) 427-1139
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