Independent Living Council meets Sept. 10

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The Colorado Statewide Independent Living Council is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. A 15- to 30-minute public comment session is scheduled at 1 p.m. for people who wish to address the SILC about issues concerning individuals with disabilities in and around Craig. Sign language interpreters will be available throughout the meeting, which will be fully accessible.

The SILC is meeting in four communities around the state this year to conduct business. The gathering, like all SILC meetings, is open to the public.

The meeting will end at 3 p.m. with a tour of Craig's Independent Life Center.

"The SILC is a 17-member Council appointed by the governor to orchestrate the vision of Independent Living services for all Coloradoans with disabilities," the Colorado SILC reported in a press release. "It oversees the development of the Independent Living network of services and is constantly assessing the needs of persons with disabilities who wish to live in the community."

In Colorado, 10 Independent Living Centers are funded with state dollars, six of which also receive federal funds. The centers use these funds to provide information and referral, peer support, advocacy and independent living services that enable persons with disabilities to live, work and participate in their local community, according to the SILC. Centers may provide other services based on the needs in their communities.

Members of the SILC represent a large cross section of disabilities and state geographic diversity. The Council invites people with all types of disabilities to speak briefly about the barriers and the successes they have in living and working their community.

For more information, e-mail Patricia Yeager, SILC coordinator, at patricia.yeager@gmail.com, or call Evelyn Tileston, Independent Life Center executive director, at 826-0833.

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