NESILC
215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 519
Lincoln, NE 68508
ph: 402.438.7979 fax: 1-855.225-6060

ABOUT NESILC

Mission Statement

The mission of the Nebraska Statewide Independent Living Council, Inc. (NESILC) is to partner with the Independent Living Network to promote Independent Living and facilitate systemic change that promotes independence, inclusion, non-discrimination, and dignity for all people with disabilities in Nebraska.

Vision Statement

NESILC's vision is a world where people with disabilities experience equal rights and opportunities in all aspects of society. This would include:

* Equal Opportunity
* Equal Access
* Self Determination
* Self Sufficiency
* Independence
* Choice

PURPOSE

Promote an independent living philosophy in Nebraska, for persons with disabilities while advocating for access, full participation, and self-determination.

Collaborate with appropriate agencies, councils and organizations statewide to promote the independent living philosophy

PHILOSOPHY

The Independent Living Movement stems from a philosophy which states that people with all types of disabilities should have the same civil rights and control over choices in their own lives as people without disabilities. The SILC, therefore, works to change societal attitudes about people with disabilities away from a patronizing, pitying medical model towards empowerment, independence, home- and community-based services, and integration as fully contributing, valued members of society.

MEMBERSHIP COMPOSITION

The majority of Council members must be persons with a disability.

Other members may include:


* Parents and legal guardians of individuals with disabilities;
* Advocates of and for individuals with disabilities;
* Persons from organizations that provide services for individuals with disabilities;
* Representatives of centers for independent living;
* Persons from private businesses