We Stand Together Against Racial Injustice

The Maryland Statewide Independent Living Council fully acknowledges a devastating reality that is grossly affecting the world which we live in, one of inequity and injustice—leaving in its wake tragedy, pain, sadness, anger, fear, and generations of disturbingly persistent inequality and immense divide. This is a crisis owned by all, whose consequences disproportionately affect the lives of African American men and women in our communities. This tragedy has lived in the fabric of our culture and structure of our communities since the dawn of our republic. The lives impacted are innumerable, the depth of its effects incalculable.


We cannot accept this reality. We must demand better of ourselves and of our society. Empathy, compassion, and care are perhaps the most important qualities we can nurture within ourselves and others. We must shine the light of these virtues into the darkness of hatred, racism, and destruction that tears our communities apart. But acknowledging inequity and injustice is not enough. We must do more. We must participate and be part of the change. Each of us individually, and collectively as a society.


At MSILC, our work together to change this reality has never been more important. We will continue to confront our personal biases and work to address the impact they have on our behaviors and each other. We will push past fear and discomfort to have the dialogue necessary to better understand and empathize with one another. And we will take action to support an environment of equity, inclusion, and belonging at MSILC and in the communities that we serve.


We stand alongside our African American members, employees, providers, partners, and communities—committing ourselves to take action to ensure equity for each and every person in our society.
We will listen. We will learn. We will act.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING MARCH 27, 2023 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Federal Statute 45 CFR § 1329.17 General Requirements for State Plan Notice is given that the Maryland Statewide Independent Living Council (Maryland SILC) will hold a public hearing March 27, 2023 3:00-4:00 pm to consider amendments to the 2021 - 2024 State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) related to the financial tables, 1-year extension, description of SPIL Goals, and identification of Centers for Independent Living who can sign the SPIL.  A draft of the 2021-2024 SPIL is attached as well as the Zoom link.
DRAFT 2021-2024 SPIL


Melissa Blubaugh (she, her, hers)
Disability Rights Advocate
Vice-Chair, Maryland SILC
Topic: Maryland SPIL Public Hearing, Written Comments
Time: Mar 27, 2023 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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