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Independent Living Council coming to Grass Valley

SACRAMENTO – The governor-appointed State Independent Living Council (SILC) will focus its quarterly meeting in Grass Valley next month on aging with a disability in California’s rural communities, and is seeking input from stakeholders including the disability community.

“This is a chance for the disability community to provide input to the governor on disability issues,” said Liz Pazdral, SILC executive director. “It’s also an opportunity to hear what the SILC is doing to support the independent living movement in California.”

The SILC’s mission is to remove barriers to independence and opportunity for people with disabilities. Federal and state budget cuts in healthcare and disability services, combined with an aging population, make the topic for this quarterly SILC meeting particularly critical.

The meeting, scheduled for Sept. 13-14 at the Holiday Inn Express in Grass Valley, is one of four meetings held across the state each year to gather stakeholders and discuss issues facing people with disabilities.

The meeting will be attended by the 14 council members appointed by the governor, along with SILC technical staff and representatives from associate state agencies such as the Department of Rehabilitation, Department of Social Services, Department of Health Services and others. Local service agencies, elected officials, people with disabilities and other interested parties are urged to attend.

There will be time for public comment at various times during the two-day meeting.