Chores By Brad Williams


It is that time of the year. Time to buckle down and get busy. I’m not talking about spring cleaning – nor am I referring to the hours of yard work ahead of us after a long winter. Instead, in the realm of SILC-dom, it is a state plan year.

Subsequently, NYSILC has prioritized its committee work for 2015. So our task at hand will be to engage our committee structure. Of particular interest are the Needs Assessment and Statewide Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) committees.

The Needs Assessment Committee, or NAC, will review existing data, conduct surveys, and compile the information into a report to identify priority areas important to independent living. The SPIL Committee will re-tool the formulation process to accommodate changes enacted by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The committee will then work to provide a process to obtain input on the next IL State Plan for 2017-2019 in the fall of 2015.

How can you help? Be an active participant in the process! First, when the NAC distributes surveys, please respond and give us your feedback. You can also help by redistributing the survey to others to expand the potential number of respondents. Second, this September, NYSILC will announce the various ways you can provide input about the next IL State Plan for 2017-2019. Please comment. Look for correspondence, check in with your local ILC, and or monitor the NYSILC home page at for details.

Like a lot of chores, the effort that you put in will directly translate to the satisfaction you feel in the end. Your active participation in this process will help to define our priorities!