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Reminder: Comments Due FRIDAY on ACL’s Proposed SPIL Instrument and Instructions Revisions – Sample Comments Included

On Monday, August 12, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) published proposed revisions to the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) Instrument and Instructions in the Federal Register. These changes have been long anticipated and are the result of changes to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 contained in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. They are the result of the work of a committee formed at the request of the Independent Living Administration (ILA) by Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) that included representatives of Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Designated State Entities (DSEs), and the ILA.


Comments must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. EST or postmarked by October 11, 2019. Comments can be submitted electronically to Peter Nye at or mailed to Administration for Community Living, Washington, DC 20201, Attention: Peter Nye. For further information, you can contact Peter Nye at (202) 795-7606 or

The NCIL Rehabilitation Act & IL Funding Subcommittee has reviewed the new Instrument and Instructions and developed suggestions. Please feel free to use these suggestions to develop your own to submit.

It is important that ACL hear from members of the Independent Living community before the comment period is over, so make sure to submit your comments by Friday!

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