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SILC-NET Presents… A National Teleconference and Webinar: The DSE, SILC Roles and Responsibilities, and the Regulations

January 25, 2017; 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern

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Please Note: Due to tremendous demand for this presentation, we will extend the call until 5:00 p.m. Eastern to allow plenty of time for Questions & Answers.

Is your agency working with the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) in your state? Is this new to you, or did you act in a similar role in the past? Whether your agency is new to Independent Living or has long experience, this webinar is important for you. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act changed the role of the Designated State Entity (DSE), and some of the roles of the SILC as well.

IL-NET Logo - CIL-NET + SILC-NETSILCs are strongly encouraged to forward this announcement to their DSE with an invitation to attend. This presentation includes content for both SILCs and DSEs, and we encourage you to participate together.

Registration Fee: This event is free-of-charge.

Target Audience:

  • DSE administrators and staff, as well as SILC Chairs, Executive Directors, staff, and Council members.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will have knowledge and resources that will enable them to:

  • Understand the responsibilities of the Designated State Entity (DSE) and how it differs from the Designated State Unit (DSU).
  • Identify the content of the new regulations for Independent Living and how they will affect relationships between the DSE, SILC, and CILs.
  • Understand the duties and authorities of the SILC and recognize the autonomy of the SILC.
  • Explain how Uniform Guidance / Uniform Administrative Requirements may impact the SILC and DSE.

Meet Your Presenters

Ann McDaniel is the Executive Director of the West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC). She has both a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Ann has worked in the independent living and advocacy field since 1985, beginning with eleven years at the Mountain State Centers for Independent Living in Huntington, WV. Under her direction, the SILC has sponsored, organized, and conducted seven West Virginia Disability Caucuses since 1997 and the WV Youth Disability Caucus in 2005.

Paula McElwee is the Technical Assistance Coordinator for the IL-NET and SILC Training and Technical Assistance projects at Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU). In addition to providing individualized technical assistance, Paula moderates training calls monthly for new CIL Executive Directors and Program Managers and for SILCs. Her blog,, is a repository of technical assistance questions and answers from CILs and SILCs. Paula was the first Director of Link, Inc. in Kansas (one of the first states funded through the Rehabilitation Act) beginning in 1979. She worked in the disability field in Kansas for 25 years, and was appointed by two governors to serve three terms on the Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas before moving to California in 2000. She previously served on the board of Resources for Independence of the Central Valley and served as interim executive director for four CILs in California, assisting the boards to transition to their next executive director. Paula has provided training, facilitation and consultation with state associations, SILCs, and numerous centers throughout the country.

Presented by SILC-NET: A program of the SILC T&TA Center for Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILC-NET). The SILC T&TA Center is operated by ILRU, Independent Living Research Utilization, in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) with support provided by the Administration on Community Living at the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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