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SILC-NET Presents… A National Teleconference & Webinar: Virtual Town Hall to Gather Input on the New SPIL Instrument and Instructions

SILC-NET Presents… A National Teleconference & Webinar:

June 15, 2017; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

The Administration for Community Living will soon revise the State Plan for Independent Living instrument and instructions.  Join us on June 15th to provide your input on these revisions!

IL-NET Logo - CIL-NET + SILC-NETThis virtual town hall meeting is conducted to allow those involved in and affected by State Plans for Independent Living to provide guidance and recommendations to the Administration for Community Living and the SPIL Revision Work Group formed by ILRU at the request of ACL to develop a revised SPIL instrument and instructions. The purpose of this work is to improve the usefulness and effectiveness of all state plans and to conform with new federal guidelines issued pursuant to the most recent amendments to the Rehabilitation Act encompassed in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). ILRU asked Ann McDaniel, director of the West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council and a recognized SILC national leader, to take a leadership role in a work group on the SPIL. McDaniel and ILRU’s Richard Petty co-chair the group. The ILRU team and McDaniel considered it crucial that the group be fully representative of all entities involved in developing state plans. The work group, thirteen members in total, includes representatives of SILCs (a large majority of members), designated state entities, and ACL, and is in the process of adding CIL representatives. The work group has met twice each month since March 2017. The work group will consider and incorporate the input from the virtual town hall into the proposed SPIL revisions, which will be submitted to ACL during the summer of this year.

Registration Fee: This event is free of charge.

Target Audience: SILCs, CILs, and DSEs. 


By participating in this town hall, you will be able to:

  • Provide input as stakeholders to the SPIL Revision Work Group on the purpose and content of the SPIL, as well as the process used to develop the plan.
  • Provide input on the roles and responsibilities of the SPIL partners and strategies to promote healthy relationships between the SILCs, CILs, and DSEs.
  • Provide information that can be utilized to assist states with drafting achievable SPILs that measure and demonstrate outcomes.

Meet Your Facilitators

Julie Kates is the chief of the Bureau of Program Development and Assistance at the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.  She has both personal and professional ties to the IL movement.  She has been involved in disability-rights advocacy for more than 30 years.  As administrator of the Ohio and Florida Client Assistance Programs she helped people with disabilities access services from the states’ vocational rehabilitation programs.  She served as Assistant Director for Public Policy at the Florida P&A, where she worked on legislative and other public policy issues that impacted people with disabilities.  For 10 years, she managed Independent Living Program at Florida VR, and continues to supervise the IL Program Manager.  She is an advocate for the IL philosophy and is deeply committed to ensuring that the philosophy is the foundation of the relationship between the DSE, the CILs and the SILC.

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. She has helped her SILC develop seven SPILs and a few SPIL amendments over the years.  Ann has served as the peer mentor to seven other SILCs and has provided national, state, regional, and local training topics including SPIL development, strategic planning, and measuring consumer satisfaction.

Richard Petty is Director of the National Center for Aging and Disability (NCAD) at TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research) and Co-Director of ILRU at TIRR. NCAD addresses the concerns of persons with disabilities who are aging and of those who acquire disabilities as they age. Petty has served as the Executive Director of the National Resource Center for Participant‑Directed Services and as Research Professor in the School of Social Work at Boston College. Petty serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in the McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). He has directed the ILRU New Community Opportunities Center, a national center that fosters innovative community programs and adult and youth transitions from institution to community. He directed the IL-NET, the single national technical assistance and training resource for independent living organizations that foster community independence for people with disabilities. From 1988 through 1997 he served as Executive Director of Mainstream, an advocacy‑oriented center for independent living in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was a founding member of the Arkansas Statewide Independent Living Council and served as a lobbyist and advocate working to advance consumer‑controlled community services for persons with disabilities. Petty holds an MBA degree from the C. T. Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston.

Presented by SILC-NET: A program of the SILC T&TA Center for Statewide Independent Living Councils. 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 for Community Living at the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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