The Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) of Georgia is a private, nonprofit organization with board members appointed by the Governor. They believe that disabilities exist because barriers exist. Thus, the SILC's mission is to ensure equal participation of disabled people in their communities. They do this by granting funds to agencies that serve Georgians with disabilities and by advocating for statewide community-based support services — in programs run by and for people with disabilities.
Under the terms of the Rehabilitation Act, the SILC jointly develops (in conjunction with the designated State vocational rehabilitation agency - in Georgia, Rehabilitation Services) and monitors the implementation of a State plan for independent living services and Centers for Independent Living (CILs).
Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are non-residential, community-based organizations, governed and staffed by people with disabilities, that offer a wide variety of services to consumers with disabilities and their families. The foundation of these services is the peer-to-peer relationship, where people with disabilities act as mentors for other people with disabilities, showing them by example how to help themselves and to live independently. The core services that CILs provide are:
· Individual Advocacy and Systems Advocacy
· Peer Counseling
· Information and Referral
· Independent Living Skills Training
The map below shows the geographic areas served by CILs in Georgia. Note that there are many unserved counties. There is a list of counties served by each CIL in the contact information section of this topic below.
Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia, Inc.
1431-C McLendon Drive
Decatur, GA 30033
Voice: (770) 270-6860
Toll Free: 1-888-288-9780
TTY: (770)) 270-5671
Fax: (770) 270-5957
BAIN (Bainbridge Advocacy Individual Network)
316 West Shotwell Street
P. O. Box 1609
Bainbridge, GA 31718
Phone: (229) 246-0150
TTY: call GA Relay 711 or at 800-255-0135
FAX: (229) 246-1715
Serves the following counties in Southwest Georgia: Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Decatur, Early, Grady, Miller, Mitchell, Randolph, Seminole, and Thomas.
170 College Street
Macon, GA 31201
Voice: (478) 741-1425
Toll Free TTY/Voice: 1-800-743-2117
FAX: (478) 743-9806
Serves the following counties in Central Georgia: Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Twiggs and Wilkinson.
Disability Resource Center (formerly ACIL)
470-A Woods Mill Drive
Gainesville, GA 30501
Voice: (770) 534-6656
TTY: call GA Relay 711 or at 1-800-255-0135
Toll Free: 1-888-534-7144
FAX: (770) 534-6626
Serves the following counties in North Georgia: Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White.
755 Commerce Drive Suite 415
Decatur, GA 30030
Voice (404) 687-8890
TTY (404) 687-9175
Toll Free Voice/TTY (800)239-2507
Serves the following counties in Metro Atlanta: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, and Rockdale.
DisABILITY LINK - Northwest
411 Broad Street
Rome, GA 30161
Phone: (706) 314-0008
TTY: (706) 802-0280
FAX: (706) 314-0011
Serves the following counties in Northwest Georgia: Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield.
LIFE (Living Independence for Everyone)
17-19 East Travis Street
Savannah, GA 31406
Voice: (912) 920-2314
TTY: (912) 920-2419
Toll Free: 1-800-948-4824
FAX: (912) 920-0007
Serves the following counties in Southeast Georgia: Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingharn, Evans, Glynn, Liberty, McIntosh, Tattnall and Toombs.
999 Gainesschool Rd
Athens, GA 30605
Voice: (706) 549-1020
FAX/TTY: (706) 549-1030
Toll Free: 1-877-549-1020
Toll Free FAX/TYY: 1-866-449-2020
Serves the following counties in Northeast Georgia: Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton.
Walton Options for Independent Living
P. O. Box 519
Augusta, GA 30903-5019
Voice: (706) 724-6262
TTY: (706) 261-0199
Toll Free: 1-877-821-8400
FAX: (706) 724-6729
Serves the following counties in East Georgia: Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Lincoln, Richmond, Screven, and Washington.
Walton Options for Independent Living - Warrenton Satellite Office
928 East 1 Warrenton Highway
Warrenton, GA 30828
Voice: (706) 465-1148
FAX: (706) 465-1168
Serves the following counties in East Georgia: Glascock, Hancock, McDuffie, Taliaferro, Warren, and Wilkes.
The Georgia State Plan For Independent Living (SPIL) is available online at:
GA Rehabilitation Services
GA Benefit Information System Overview
Information for this topic was drawn from the website of the Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia at:
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