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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, currently in hybrid format with in-person and remote participation via Zoom, and are open to the public. For information about upcoming full council meetings, visit our calendar here:

NYSILC's mission statement: The mission of the New York IL network, and the 3-year SPIL, is to increase the advocacy skills, leadership development, and empowerment of people with disabilities.

For more information, contact us at:

Phone: (518) 427-1060 (Voice/ TTY)
Fax: (518) 427-1139
E-mail us at our link here: