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Posted on: October 12, 2018

[ARCHIVED] State’s IL Council Wants to Hear About Life Experiences


HARRISBURG, PA -- The Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council (PA SILC), in partnership with the network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) is providing opportunities to hear directly from consumers about their life experiences as Pennsylvanians with disabilities.

The State Plan for Independent Living uses money from the federal government to address independent living needs of people with disabilities. The council is responsible for gathering input and those with disabilities have a right to be provided with an opportunity to have their voices heard.

Officials are interested in hearing comments or pressing concerns about any aspect of Independent Living, including managed long-term care, budget issues, Medicaid/Medicare Institutional Bias, assistive technology, durable medical equipment (DME), protecting benefits/savings incentives, ADA and public accommodations, employment, transportation, housing, voting, healthcare, emergency preparedness.

The council is interested in how these and any other issues have affected you, what, if anything, you have done to change the situation and what the SILC and the Centers for Independent Living network can do to help address the concern.

Several Open Forums are scheduled to accept input on the State Plan for Independent Living, with the nearest one scheduled Thursday, Nov. 15, from 11 am to 2 pm at Abilities in Motion, 210 N. Fifth St., Reading.

Download the questionnaire and email the comments.

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