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Michigan Formally an Employment First State

On November 19th, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signed Executive Order 2015-15 formally making Michigan an Employment First state.  The order directs state agencies to align their services for persons with disabilities to a goal of competitive employment in an integrated setting.  The State Rehabilitation Council is charged with the oversight on this order, including the creation of measurable goals and objectives towards implementing this order.

We applaud the efforts of all state agencies who contributed to the language of this order, and especially congratulate the Developmental Disabilities Council for their continued advocacy towards this effort.  We look forward to offering our contributions to the efforts of the State Rehabilitation Council, and echo Lt. Gov. Calley's sentiment that this is but a step towards a day when the full employment of persons with disabilities is no longer something remarkable.  The press release and appropriate links for this order are available here.  For further analysis on this executive order, please check out our legislative updates section.

November 13th SILC Council Business Meeting:

When:  November 13th  11 A.M to 3:30 P.M
Where:  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Lansing MI

Call-In Information:  
ID: 96966697#

Meeting Materials:  
Open Meetings Noticiation:
Meeting Packet
What Every SILC Member Should  Know
Framework for Independent Living Advocacy

Received Public Comment:
Joe Hartz
Darma Cantor

November 12th SILC Planning Event:

The SILC Council will be holding a planning event with CIL Staff and SPIL Partners.  Public Comment is available on the agenda:

Call-In Information:
ID:  96966697#

Meeting Materials:
PowerPoint Presentation

September 11 SILC Council Business Meeting Minutes

A draft copy of the September 11th SILC Council business meeting minutes are now available in Word format

Sept 11th SILC Council Business Meeting Minutes

Video Presentation on the History of Independent Living

During the Friday September 11th SILC Council Meeting, as part of professional development the SILC Council viewed the following video from the Independent Living Research Unit on the History of Independent Living.  The Video can be viewed at the following link:

ILRU History of the Independent Living Movement

New Section on SILC Website

The SILC Web site now contains information on Legislative activities and positions taken by Disability Network Michigan and the Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council.  You may visit the section by selecting it on the menu or click here.

Council Member Testimony on Transportation Bills

Robin Bennett, as the SILC Transportation Workgroup Chair, stood for both SILC and Disability Network Michgian as officially neutral on the bills, but calling for any additional transportation dollars to go through the existing formula (Act 51) in order to allow for transit infrastructure to receive the same proportional benefit of the new money. that was provided today to the House Roads and Economic Development Committee.  As a refresher, this committee is dealing with the bills that would move existing state funding around to provide more general fund dollars into the Michigan Transportation Fund (roads).  The bills propose that some of this new money would go to the transit fund (Comprehensive Transportation Fund), but not the full amount as called for under current law.

Attached the joint position paper, which took advantage of the position papers of both organizations, that were submitted to the committee in support of our testimony. 

Joint Disability Network Michigan/SILC Position Paper