Iowa SILC Seeks Council Member Candidates

Iowa SILC Seeks Council Member Candidates

Apply by Thursday, April 30, 2020!

The Iowa Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) will have at least three (3) Council Member openings on July 1, 2020. They are seeking people both with and without disabilities from across the state to apply to be considered for appointment to the SILC by the Governor. These are volunteer positions, appointed by the Governor.

The SILC Mission:
Our Mission is to strengthen the voice of Iowans with disabilities on issues affecting their lives, to build a statewide network of centers for independent living, and to collaborate with our partners in advancing the independence, productivity, and full inclusion of Iowans with disabilities.

The Council has set a PRIORITY to try and find young adults, who have a disability, ages 18-30, to apply to be a SILC Council Member so that we may begin developing young adult leadership in the Independent Living Movement. We encourage people to apply who have a PASSION for working on independent living issues, and who are willing to volunteer their time to attend and participate in four quarterly Council Meetings, as well as participate on at least one committee that meets via teleconference either monthly or every other month.

The SILC Council has four quarterly meetings a year, three that are in-person in Des Moines and one that is a call-in teleconference. Meetings are held on the first Thursday in the months of September, December, March and May:

  • Meeting - September 3, 2020, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Annual Meeting - December 3, 2020, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Teleconference Meeting - March 4, 2021, 10 am to 2 pm
  • Meeting - May 6, 2021, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

For those Council Members, who live more than an hour from Des Moines, the SILC can provide a hotel room the night before the meeting, and the SILC will reimburse for mileage and a meal to travel to Des Moines the day before the Council Meeting. Free breakfast is provided at the hotel. For all Council Members, the SILC will reimburse for mileage to attend the meeting, provide lunch at the Council Meeting, and provide reimbursement for the salary, meal, and hotel stay for a Personal Assistant (PA) if one is needed. All reimbursements are subject to the State allowable rates, and the rates set by the SILC Council.

All SILC Council Meetings are accessible, and Council Members will be provided with accessible documents and interpreters as needed and requested.

Applicants should complete the Gubernatorial Appointment Resume and e-mail it to SILC Executive Director Dawn Francis at

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