Michael F. Easley
Governor

The Great Seal of the State of North Carolina Carmen Hooker Odom
Secretary

North Carolina
Department of Health and Human Services

For Release: IMMEDIATE
Date: February 26, 2007

  Contact: Sam Teruel-Velez 919-855-3522

State agencies seek public input for 3-year independent living plan

RALEIGH – The N.C. Statewide Independent Living Council (NCSILC) and the Independent Living Rehabilitation Programs of the N.C. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the N.C. Division of Services for the Blind are seeking public input to help develop a new three-year state plan for independent living.

Cities and dates of the seven public meetings are: Winston-Salem, March 26; Asheville, March 29; Charlotte, March 30; Wilmington, April 3; Raleigh, April 9; Fayetteville, April 11; and Greenville, April 13.

Topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to: youth participation and leadership; oversight of state legislation; emergency management preparedness; transitions from nursing homes to communities; expansion of centers for independent living (CILs); and the non-profit status of the NCSILC.

The scheduled locations are accessible to people with disabilities. Participants may register to speak upon arrival, but registration is not required in order to speak.

People who are unable to attend one of the meetings may provide input by sending written comments. Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. on April 13. They must be addressed to: State Plan Comments, c/o The Adaptables, 3650 Patterson Ave., Suite B & C, Winston-Salem, NC 27105. Comments may also be e-mailed to ncspil07@yahoo.com or faxed to State Plan Comments at (336)767-7090.

The three-year plan will become effective Oct. 1. For additional information, contact Sam Teruel-Velez at (919) 855-3522 or e-mail Samuel.Teruel-Velez@ncmail.net

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS

The NC Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) and the Independent Living Rehabilitation Programs of the N.C. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the N.C. Division of Services for the Blind are seeking public input on the development a new three-year state plan for independent living. Seven public meetings are scheduled:

Public Meeting Schedule

  • Winston-Salem, Monday, March 26, 1-3 p.m. at Senior Services, 2895 Shorefare Drive, Winston-Salem. Tel. 336-725-0907
  • Asheville, Thursday, March 29, 1-3 p.m., Mountain Area Health Education Center, 501 Biltmore, Classroom 2, Asheville. Tel. 828-257-4400.
  • Charlotte, Friday, March 30, 6-7 p.m., Carole A. Hoefner Community Center, 610 East Seventh St., Charlotte. Tel. 704-353-0038.
  • Wilmington, Tuesday, April 3, 1-3 p.m., Cape Fear Community College, S407, 411 North Front St., Wilmington. Tel. 910-362-7000.
  • Raleigh, Monday, April 9, 6-7:30 p.m., Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Level A. Meeting Room, Raleigh. Tel. 919-733-7450.
  • Fayetteville, Wednesday, April 11, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Cliffdale Branch Library, 6882 Cliffdale Road, Fayetteville. Tel. 910-864-2600.
  • Greenville, Friday, April 13, 1-3 p.m., Pitt Community College, 1986 Pitt Tech Road, Room 143 Leslie Building, Winterville. Tel. 252-493-7200.

These hearings are open to the public and scheduled for locations accessible to people with disabilities. You may register to speak upon arrival at the site. However, registration is not required for you to speak.

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