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Statewide Independent Living Council


The Minnesota Statewide Independent Living Council (MNSILC) provides statewide planning and policies necessary to provide independent living services to people with disabilities.

Take a moment out of your day to celebrate Ed Roberts Day and support Independent Living for everyone.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

"The greatest lesson of the civil rights movement is that the moment you let others speak for you, you lose." -Ed Roberts

Treatment of people with disabilities has advanced remarkably in the past half century. A society of inclusion and equal access is important for all people.

The Independent Living philosophy for people with disabilities is to achieve the same civil rights and control over choices in their own lives as people without disabilities…the ability to “Live my life as I choose”. Often called the father of the Independent Living movement, Ed Roberts was a pioneer in the disabilities rights movement in the 1960’s. He was the first student with severe disabilities to attend the University of California, Berkeley as well as the head of the Berkeley Center for Independent Living (CIL), the first independent living service and advocacy program run by and for people with disabilities. Today, Centers for Independent Living exist in every state in our nation, supporting people to lead self-directed lives in community.

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