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SILC-NET Presents… A National Teleconference & Webinar: Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs) & Designated State Entities (DSEs) – Addressing Roadblocks and Authority Issues

August 29, 2019; 3:00–4:30 p.m. Eastern

Register online or by using the printable registration form (PDF)

Presented by:

  • Marijane Waldron, Director, WV Division of Rehabilitation Services
  • Michelle James, Chief Financial Officer, WV Division of Rehabilitation Services
  • Ann McDaniel, Executive Director, WV Statewide Independent Living Council

The Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) and the Designated State Entity (DSE) must work together. Don’t take our word for it – it’s the law! Whether you believe there is room for improvement or you feel as though you are at a total impasse, this webinar is designed to clarify what the law says about the roles and responsibilities of the SILCs and DSEs, along with practical examples of how you can each improve your relationship.

Our presenters will share real-world examples of how they built a strong, collaborative relationship after a history of unproductive efforts.

SILCs 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 all to participate together.

You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity for learning and discussion!

Registration Fee: $75.00. Fee is per site and does not apply per participant; registrants are encouraged to gather as many individuals as desired to participate.

Target Audience: SILC Chairs, Executive Directors, and staff; and DSE Administrators and staff

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will learn:

  • The SILC indicators and SILC and DSE assurances from ACL
  • How you can use this information even though it has not yet been implemented
  • New requirements and clarification that SILCs need to be aware of
  • New requirements or clarification that could impact the SILC / DSE relationship

Meet Your Presenters

Michelle James is the Chief Financial Officer of the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (WVDRS). She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from West Virginia Institute of Technology and has been a CPA for 18 years. Michelle has worked for the State of West Virginia since 1997 and has been with WVDRS since 2005. During her tenure at WVDRS, Michelle has participated on national committees to enhance the national vocational rehabilitation financial arena and state committees to advance the state’s financial footprint.

Ann McDaniel is the Executive Director of the West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC). She has Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees from Marshall University and 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 followed by her current position. Under her direction, the SILC has developed 7 State Plans for Independent Living (SPILs) and sponsored, organized, and conducted multiple WV Disability Caucuses and Youth Disability Caucuses. Ann has served as a mentor to many other SILCs, provides training & technical assistance, and teaches on-line courses and webinars through the national IL Net training project.

Marijane Waldron serves as Director of the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services. She has more than 30 years of experience with the state-federal vocational rehabilitation program. She has been committed to providing people with disabilities the work-related services they need to obtain employment throughout her longstanding career with the Division.

The IL-NET is a national training and technical assistance project for centers for independent living and statewide independent living councils. The IL-NET is operated by Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), and Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities. 

The IL-NET is supported by grant numbers 90ILTA0001 and 90ISTA0001 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.


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