State Independent Living Council Discussion Archive

NATSILC: Response From Texas Regarding Recent Posting

Posted by: Lou Diehl
Date Mailed: Monday, May 12th 2003 09:12 AM

From: "Paula Margeson" <>
Subject: Response to Message on May 6
Date: Fri, 9 May 2003 16:52:01 -0500

On May 6, a message was posted to the SILC list serve referred to as: 
"Tokenism in Independent Living." As chair of the Texas SILC, I resent 
the inference that the council had no voice in the appointment of a 
representative from the Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of 
Hearing as an ex officio member. This is not the case. We had, in fact, 
been pursuing representation from that agency as well as from Advocacy 
Inc. and the Area Agency on Aging. We are not a token SILC and we work 
collaboratively with the DSU's in the state. I am becoming increasingly 
frustrated with the assertions from individuals in other states that 
they know more about what is going on in Texas than those of us who live 
here and work to create a positive atmosphere for progress in 
independent living.

Paula Margeson
SILC Chair  

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