|Robert Michaels, Chair|
WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE.
This website is intended to provide the community with information about the Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council, Independent Living, Disability Rights and Resources.
The primary function of SILC is to identify needs of and advocate for programs and services that support people with disabilities to live independently and participate in their communities.
Thank you for visiting and we look forward to hearing from you.
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Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council
Disability Empowerment Center, Suite 214
5025 E Washington Street
Phoenix AZ 85034
602-262-2900 - voice/TTY
602-271-4100 - Fax
Effective September 30, 2013, I will retire as the executive director of the
Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC).
For the last 18 years I have worked in the Independent Living (IL) community; first at the Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL) and subsequently at SILC. Although I found addressing IL issues engaging, rewarding and satisfying, I want to return to working full time in my studio.
Prior to working in the IL community, for over 25 years I was professionally active as an artist. I created works of art in metals and mixed media, maintained a robust exhibition scheduled, and taught studio classes at museums and universities. Being an artist and teacher has always been an integral part of my identity.
With my work at ABIL and SILC, I also had the opportunity to realize another ambition. As an advocate, I contributed in some measure with advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities.
At this juncture of my life, although I want to focus full time on art, I wish to stay involved in the IL community and contribute part time as my skills and experience might allow.
As I reconnect with my muse, I look forward to the journey.
Thank you for your support.