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We are recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt public charity under sec. 501 ( c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your contributions are deductible as provided by law. In addition to financial help, some Wisconsinites help by serving on the council and volunteering to support our work.


Apply to serve on the Independent Living Council using the form on the Governorís website . Please let us know with a copy of your application, if possible, because we review all applications.

You can contact us regarding any questions – See the “Contact ILCW” link in the left margin.

The law requires that members “are knowledgeable about centers for independent living and independent living services.” It is of critical importance that people involved in independent living, including consumers and Board members, are included on the Council. These are people who know best about the independent living philosophy and what it means in terms of service delivery and advocacy.

The law also provides that a majority of members must be persons who are-

The Council reviews applications when staff receives them and there are vacancies that will need to be filled. The Council’s Membership Committee leads this process by asking applicants to fill out a supplemental form and interviewing the leading candidates. Ultimately, the Council makes recommendations to the Governor from among the candidates who completed the application process.

Members of the Council are appointed by the Governor. The Governor acts upon the recommendations of the Council and other organizations representing a broad range of individuals with disabilities and organizations interested in individuals with disabilities.

Terms of appointment

Each member of the Council shall serve for a term of 3 years, except when appointed to fill a vacancy. No member of the Council may serve more than two consecutive full terms.

A vacancy occurring in the membership of the Council is generally filled in the same manner as the original appointment. The vacancy does not affect the power of the remaining members to execute the duties of the Council.

Rev. Sep. 2013