The State Plan for Independent Living

The primary purpose of the Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council is to coordinate development of the State Plan for Independent Living with Arizona’s five Centers for Independent Living and the Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration. Additionally, the AZSILC is charged with monitoring and reporting on progress toward completion of goals and objectives included in the State Plan and making this information available to the public. The State Plan is updated and revised every three years.

Goal A

The Arizona Independent Living network is enhanced and expanded.

 

Goal B

Youth who have disabilities in Arizona learn about and access Independent Living services.

 

Goal C

Disability organizations in Arizona collaborate on common issues related to policy and legislation.

 

Goal D

The AZSILC fulfills its mission to promote the equality, inclusion, and choice for people with disabilities through collaboration and public policy change.

Objective A1

The Arizona Independent Living Network provides services needed by people who have disabilities living in Arizona.

Measurable Indicator: The AZSILC conducts a Needs Assessment Survey on an annual basis.

Lead Organization: Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council

Partners: Morrison Institute, Arizona State University

Activities

A1.1: Contract with an organization to develop a data collection tool.

A1.2: Conduct initial focus groups to gather information that will be used to design and structure survey questions.

A1.3: Conduct the Needs Assessment Survey for a six-month period.

A1.4: Provide a report of survey findings to the Independent Living Network and to the general public summarizing the data collected.

A1.5: Utilize data gathered in the development of the next SPIL.

Objective A2

Consumer satisfaction with the Arizona IL Network is assessed.

Measurable Indicator: A statistically significant number of consumers of services from each CIL will be surveyed to assess their level of satisfaction with the services they received.

Lead Organization: Centers for Independent Living

Partners: Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council

Activities

A2.1: Review current survey instruments in use by Arizona Centers for Independent Living.

A2.2: Identify and design questions to measure statewide impacts and perceptions of services provided by CILs to be added to each Center’s survey tool.

A2.3: Centers for Independent Living conduct surveys.

A2.4: Centers for Independent Living and SILC gather and analyze data from statewide questions administered on surveys.

A2.5: The AZSILC will provide a written report to the Arizona IL Network based on the results from the survey.

Objective A3

Underserved and unserved areas of Arizona access Independent Living services.

Measurable Indicator: By September 30, 2019, the Arizona Independent Living Network will receive a State Funding appropriation for Independent Living services.

Lead Organization: Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council

Partners: Centers for Independent Living

Activities

A3.1: The IL Network will formalize funding needs, data sources and methodology for achieving state appropriation.

A3.2: The Arizona IL Network will disseminate information to the Governor and State Legislators highlighting the impact of Independent Living services in Arizona.

A3.3: IL Network partners facilitate meetings with Legislators and Governor’s staff to discuss introduction of legislation to provide state IL funding or inclusion in the Governor’s budget.

A3.4: SILC and Arizona IL Network partners engage in advocacy efforts to achieve passage of legislation or a state budget that includes funding for IL services.

Objective A4

Employment Opportunities for people who have disabilities are increased.

Measurable Indicator: By September 30, 2019, State appropriations for Arizona Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR) are increased to 100% of the amount necessary for Arizona to receive its full federal matching appropriation.

Lead Organization: Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council

Partners: Centers for Independent Living, Arizona Disability Advocacy Coalition, and others

Activities

A4.1: Develop a VR fact sheet and other materials.

A4.2: Plan and convene a stakeholder summit.

A4.3: Identify and meet with key state legislators and Governor’s staff to draft legislation or inclusion of increased AZRSA funding in state budget.

A4.4: The AZSILC and other stakeholders meet with state legislators to present need and advocate for increased funding for VR services

Objective B1

Coordinate the Arizona Youth Leadership Forum for Students and Transitioning Young Adults Who Have Disabilities.

Measurable Indicator: Youth who have disabilities in Arizona gain Independent Living skills as they prepare for and transition to adult roles.

Lead Organization: Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council

Partners: Centers for independent Living, Sonoran University Center for Exelence in Developmental Disabilities, Raising Special Kids, Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration, Special Olympics Arizona, Arizona Center for Disability Law, Maricopa Skills Center, Arizona State University, Youth Action Council, and others.

Activities

B1.1: By July 2019, a minimum of 75 youth who have disabilities from across Arizona will graduate from Arizona Youth Leadership Forum.

B1.2: In 2017, 2018, and 2019, Pre and Post Survey Data for 90% of Arizona Youth Leadership Forum Alumni will reflect increased awareness of Independent Living and disability resources.

B1.3: In 2017, 2018, and 2019, 75% of Arizona Youth Leadership Forum Alumni will report satisfaction with the Mentoring they have received during the first six months following graduation.

B1.4: In 2017, 2018, and 2019, 75% of Arizona Youth Leadership Forum Alumni will engage in activities to inform development of the State Plan for Independent Living.

Objective B2

Maintenance of the Arizona Youth Leadership Alumni Association.

Measurable Indicator: Arizona Youth Leadership Forum and Arizona Youth Engagement Academy Alumni demonstrate leadership in the disability movement through Alumni Association meetings, activities, and initiatives.

Lead Organization: Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council

Activities

B2.1: In 2017, 2018, and 2019, 75% of Arizona Youth Leadership Forum and Arizona Youth Engagement Academy Alumni will join the Alumni Association.

B2.2: In 2017, 2018, and 2019, 50% of Arizona Youth Leadership Forum and Arizona Youth Engagement Academy Alumni will follow and interact with the Alumni organization on social media, website or other methods during the first six months following graduation.

B2.3: In 2017, 2018, and 2019, 50% of Arizona Youth Leadership Forum and Arizona Youth Engagement Academy Alumni will participate in at least one Alumni association meeting or initiative.

B2.4: In 2017, 2018, and 2019, 50% of Arizona Youth Leadership Forum and Arizona Youth Engagement Academy Alumni will participate in at least one Alumni Association social activity or service project.

B2.5: By September 2019, 50% of total Alumni for the years 2014-2019 have participated in the planning or implementation of Arizona Youth Leadership Forum by serving on the Leadership Team, Alumni Association Executive Committee, Planning Committee, Delegate Selection Committee, as a Guest Speaker or Presenter, as a Mentor or Staff member.

Objective B3

Support and maintenance of the Arizona Youth Engagement Academy.

Measurable Indicator: Arizona youth who have disabilities contribute as leaders within the Arizona Independent Living Network.

Lead Organization: Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council

Partners: Centers for Independent Living, Sonoran University Center for Exelence in Developmental Disabilities, Raising Special Kids, Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration, and Youth Action Council.

Activities

B3.1: By December 2019, a minimum of 15 youth who have disabilities will graduate from Arizona Youth Engagement Academy, an intensive training program designed to build capacity in youth to initiate and fulfill leadership roles within the disability movement.

B3.2: By September 2019, 50% of Arizona Youth Engagement Academy Alumni will provide self-determination training, coaching, or mentoring within an Arizona Center for Independent Living or other disability related organization.

B3.3: By September 2019, 50% of Arizona Youth Engagement Academy Alumni will provide disability access and equality training within an Arizona organization that does not identify as disability centric.

B3.4: By September 2019, 25% of Arizona Youth Engagement Academy Alumni will facilitate Person-Centered Planning within an Arizona Center for Independent Living or other disability related organization.

B3.5: By September 2019, using the train-the-trainer approach, a minimum of 3 Arizona Youth Engagement Academy Alumni will facilitate the Arizona Youth Engagement Academy training program for a minimum of 5 additional youth.

Objective B4

Provide for the long-term stability and success of Arizona Youth Leadership Forum and Arizona Youth Engagement Academy.

Measurable Indicator: Creation of an independent nonprofit organization responsible for continued implementation, resource development, fundraising, and expansion of Arizona Youth Leadership Forum and Arizona Youth Engagement Academy.

Lead Organization: Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council

Activities

B4.1: By December 2016, a Board of Directors representing diversity in all aspects, and comprised of at least 51% youth who have a variety of disabilities will be established.

B4.2: Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and IRS 501(c)3 nonprofit organization application are developed and submitted

B4.3: Conduct resource development activities to insure that Arizona Youth Leadership Forum and Arizona Youth Engagement Academy are receiving at least 50% of funding from alternative sources in FY2019

Objective C1

Provide support and coordination for implementation and long-term success of the Arizona Empowerment and Education Initiative.

Measurable Indicator: People who have disabilities in Arizona increase participation in community advocacy and engagement with the IL Network.

Lead Organization: Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council

Partners: Centers for Independent living, Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition, and others.

Activities

C1.1: Develop training curriculum, job descriptions and project reporting criteria in partnership with Centers for Independent Living and other participating organizations.

C1.2: Assist Centers for Independent Living and other participating organizations with project staff recruitment.

C1.3: Develop consumer recruitment materials and strategies with project staff.

C1.4: Coordinate regularly scheduled meetings with project staff.

C1.5: Compose quarterly project reports to be provided to the IL network and other partner organizations.

C1.6: Provide ongoing project support.

Objective C2

Provide organizational support for a coalition focused on education, community advocacy and increasing awareness of disability policy and legislation in Arizona.

Measurable Indicator: Individuals and organizations serving persons who have disabilities in Arizona increase collaboration on common issues related to policy and legislation.

Lead Organization: Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council

Partners:Centers for Independent Living, Arizona Disability Advocacy Coalition, and others.

Activities

C2.1: Identify and recruit individuals and organizations for participation in the coalition.

C2.2: Facilitate development of coalition structure, mission, objectives and principles.

C2.3: Serve as a point of information and contact on behalf of the coalition, providing other functions including fiscal management, website/social media and basic infrastructure.

Objective D1

The AZSILC demonstrates its operational effectiveness and capability to develop, monitor, and evaluate the SPIL.

Measurable Indicator: The organization fully complies with all SILC standards and indicators as identified by ACL.

Lead Organization: Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council

Activities

D1.1: All AZSILC Committees meet on a regular basis (as defined by committee chairs), to conduct SILC business.

D1.2: Council meetings are held as scheduled by the Executive Committee and Council members with a quorum present for all meetings.

D1.3: The annual 704 Report is completed and submitted to the ACL in accordance with established deadlines.

D1.4: Progress toward completion of goals, objectives and activities as specified in the SPIL is evaluated on a quarterly basis with progress reports provided in a timely manner.

Objective D2

The AZSILC implements systems advocacy as a new authority as specified in the Rehabilitation Act.

Measurable Indicator: The AZSILC engages in systems advocacy as a means of achieving community, policy and legislative change for people who have disabilities.

Lead Organization: Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council

Activities

D2.1: The AZSILC Policy Committee develops, monitors and revises as appropriate an advocacy agenda for the organization.

D2.2: The Policy Committee provides quarterly reports to the SPIL Evaluation Committee indicating activities related to issues included on the advocacy agenda.

Objective D3

The AZSILC implements resource development as a new authority as specified in the Rehabilitation Act.

Measurable Indicator: The AZSILC develops and implements a resource development plan that is responsive to priorities as identified by the organization.

Lead Organization: Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council

Activities

D3.1: The AZSILC will establish a Resource Development Committee to oversee resource development activities.

D3.2: The AZSILC conducts a strategic planning process to identify programs and initiatives that will identify priority areas to guide the work of the Resource Development Committee.

D3.3: The AZSILC Resource Development Committee develops, monitors and revises as appropriate a resource development plan for the organization.

D3.4: The Resource Development Committee provides quarterly reports to the SPIL Evaluation Committee indicating activities related to the plan established by the committee.

**Objectives under Goal D relate to the effective operation of the council, compliance with SILC Standards and Indicators (to be issued by ACL), and the Council’s new authorities (systems advocacy and resource development) and additional responsibilities. Support narrative about the council and its operations will be fully addressed in the SILC resource plan, Part II, Section 5. This will include identification of new authorities.

Our Mission

The mission of AZ SILC is to promote the equality, inclusion, and choice for people with disabilities through collaboration and public policy change.

Our Committees

The 2017-2019 State Plan for Independent Living was approved by the Administration for Community Living in September of 2017 and is available for download.

Download the 2017-2019 State Plan for Independent Living in PDF Format.

Download the 2017-2019 State Plan for Independent Living in accessible text format.

Download a copy of the goal and objectives included in the 2017-2019 State Plan for Independent Living.