The DSE, SILC Roles and Responsibilities, and the Regulations: Part 2

SILC-NET Presents… A National Teleconference & Webinar:

March 8, 2017; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act changed the role of the Designated State Entity and some of the roles of the SILC as well.

We’ve added a second free webinar to continue this critical discussion of the roles of the SILC and DSE in your state. Join us to learn the SILC’s role and how it’s organized, how the roles of the SILC and DSE intersect, the role of the CILs, and the importance of SILC autonomy and the Independent Living philosophy.

SILCs are strongly encouraged to forward this announcement to their DSE with an invitation to attend. This presentation includes content for both SILCs and DSEs and we encourage you all to participate together.

Note: You do not need to re-register if you registered for Part 1. You will receive the connection instructions automatically. If you didn’t attend Part 1, we recommend that you view Part 1 before attending Part 2 on March 8th.

Registration Fee: This event is free-of-charge.

Target Audience

  • DSE administrators and staff, as well as SILC Chairs, Executive Directors, staff, and Council members.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will have knowledge and resources that will enable them to understand:

  • How the SILC is organized;
  • The roles of the SILC and SILC autonomy;
  • How SILC and DSE roles intersect; and
  • A little more about the history and philosophy of IL and how it impacts these roles and the regulations.

Meet Your Presenters

Ann McDaniel is the Executive Director of the West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC). She has both a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Ann has worked in the independent living and advocacy field since 1985, beginning with eleven years at the Mountain State Centers for Independent Living in Huntington, WV. Under her direction, the SILC has sponsored, organized, and conducted seven West Virginia Disability Caucuses since 1997 and the WV Youth Disability Caucus in 2005.

Paula McElwee is the Technical Assistance Coordinator for the IL-NET and SILC Training and Technical Assistance projects at Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU). In addition to providing individualized technical assistance, Paula moderates training calls monthly for new CIL Executive Directors and Program Managers and for SILCs. Her blog is a repository of technical assistance questions and answers from CILs and SILCs. Paula was the first Director of Link, Inc. in Kansas (one of the first states funded through the Rehabilitation Act) beginning in 1979. She worked in the disability field in Kansas for 25 years, and was appointed by two governors to serve three terms on the Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas before moving to California in 2000. She previously served on the board of Resources for Independence of the Central Valley and served as interim executive director for four CILs in California, assisting the boards to transition to their next executive director. Paula has provided training, facilitation and consultation with state associations, SILCs, and numerous centers throughout the country.


IL-NET Logo - CIL-NET and SILC-NETPresented by SILC-NET: A program of the SILC T&TA Center for Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILC-NET). The SILC T&TA Center is operated by ILRU, Independent Living Research Utilization, in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) with support provided by the Administration for Community Living at the US Department of Health and Human Services.