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Gov. Snyder makes appointment to Statewide Independent Living Council
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Rebecca Parten, of Dearborn, to the Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council.
The 15-member council ensures statewide representation of citizens with disabilities.
“Rebecca is a dedicated advocate for the disability community and I thank her for her willingness to serve on the council,” Snyder said.
Parten is a social media intern for the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, the project lead for Escobar Syndrome Outreach, and is a public relations and conference planning volunteer for Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Support Inc. Previously, she interned for the chief executive of Arbor Hospice, the development and alumni relations office at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and for career services at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. In 2008, she founded the Alliance for Disability Awareness at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where she held three major campuswide events, participated in Special Olympics campaigns, and held various fundraisers. Parten holds a bachelor’s degree in public communications and culture studies from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and a master’s of social work from the University of Michigan. She will represent advocates of, and for, individuals with disabilities and replaces Sheila Ashcraft.
Parten will serve the remainder of a three-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2014 and her appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate
The Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council was established in 1992 by amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and contains fifteen Governor-elected representatives from Michigan's disabilities community. The Michigan SILC is an independent agency created by the Governor's Executive Order in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act that requires each state to establish a SILC to be eligible for federal funding under the Act.
"To create inclusive communities throughout the state for all Michigan citizens."
Our mission is to provide leadership, research, planning and education required to support independent living services in Michigan. SILC achieves its mission by:
- Identifying and reaching out to persons currently unserved and underserved by CILs.
- Increasing awareness of independent living services and the independent living philosophy.
- Helping existing CILs to better serve persons with disabilities.
- Promoting the development of new CILs
SILC Activities include:
- Sponsoring public hearings, public meetings, policy summits and other educational and outreach efforts.
- Providing information to public officials, state agencies and local organizations and individuals.
- Conducting studies, training and research.
The Michigan SILC:
- Promotes the independent living philosophy.
- Works to expand independent living services into unserved and underserved areas.
- Determines if available services meet the independent living needs of Michigan individuals with disabilities.
- Writes a comprehensive State Plan every three years that outlines steps to improve the lives of Michigan residents with disabilities Monitors the State Plan. Coordinating services is an important component of the plan to avoid duplication among state and private entities. The Michigan SILC works in partnership with Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS), Bureau of Services to Blind Persons (BSBP), Disability Network/Michigan, Michigan's statewide network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and other partner organizations to accomplish its State Plan.