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Independent Living News & Policy from the National Council on Independent Living

University of Kansas Research and Training Center on Independent Living Presents… A Community Living Summit

August 17, 2022; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Register online or reach out to jenny@ncil.org for more information

The University of Kansas Research and Training Center on Independent Living in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living, will be presenting a Community Living Summit. This webinar summit will be a presentation and forum providing information about Community Living Programs, how Centers for Independent Living can use the programs, and other important resources that are available.

Registration Fee: This event is free-of-charge.

Target Audience: Executive directors, program managers, consumers, and staff members of Centers for Independent Living and State Independent Living Councils

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NCIL Welcomes Jessica Podesva as Director of Advocacy and Public Policy

We are pleased to announce that Jessica Podesva has joined NCIL staff in the position of Director of Advocacy and Public Policy. Prior to this role, Jessica worked at the Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL) as a Senior Community Organizer working primarily on healthcare and transportation issues, including improving Massachusetts’s non-emergency medical transportation program and working with the state’s Medicaid agency to shorten the timelines for wheelchair repairs.

Prior to working at BCIL, Jessica worked as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Greater Boston Legal Services, where she provided advocacy to ensure that people with disabilities had access to integrated and respectful healthcare in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Jessica has a Juris Doctor degree from New England Law Boston and a B.A. in Communications from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Image: Jessica, a white woman with long brown hair and glasses, is standing in the Boston Common, smiling.
Jessica, a white woman with long brown hair and glasses, is standing in the Boston Common, smiling.

IL-NET First Biennial Independent Living Institute: A Deep Dive into Consumer Control and Leadership

IL-NET National Training & Technical Assistance Center for Independent Living presents…A Virtual Multi-Day Institute

September 7-9, 2022

Register online or reach out to jenny@ncil.org for more information.

The IL-NET National Training & Technical Assistance (T&TA) Center, operated by ILRU in collaboration with NCIL, APRIL, and the University of Montana Rural Institute and RTC: Rural, is proud to announce the first national biennial institute on consumer control and leadership.

Learn how CILs can be successful in encouraging and supporting leaders, staff, and consumers to take on leadership in Centers for Independent Living, in the disability rights movement, and in community, state and national roles. The vital relationship between leadership and consumer control and its impact on CIL operations will be explored. This 2.5-day extended, first-of-its-kind virtual learning experience for CILs will explore the importance of consumer control and how it impacts leadership development and guides community-led efforts.

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NCIL Conference T-Shirt Sale

T-Shirts

NCIL’s 2022 Annual Conference T-shirt is available in three colors: white, black, and “cardinal black” – a color somewhere between brown, red, and purple. Artwork on chest area shows the NCIL 2022 Annual Conference on Independent Living logo. The words “Forging Justice” are capitalized with a diagonal copper line separating them. Underneath, it says “2022 Annual Conference on Independent Living” and “Celebrating 40 Years”.

Please note: T-shirts ordered by July 1 will arrive prior to the conference. T-shirts ordered after that date will be printed after the conference ends and will arrive in late August.

This sale closes at 11:59 p.m. Eastern on August 8, 2022.

How to Buy

There are two ways to buy a shirt:

SAVE THE DATE: First Biennial Independent Living Institute

A Virtual Training Opportunity for CIL and SILC Administrators, Staff, and Board Members

September 7-9, 2022

A panel of independent living peers will address consumer control, leadership development, and building a disability community.

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2022 Annual Conference Program Now Available

The Program for NCIL’s 2022 Annual Conference on Independent Living is now available at ncil.org and at the conference website.

Use this document to help plan your conference experience and, if you are attending in person, to prepare for your visit to DC.

There’s still time to register for the Annual Conference. Registrants are encouraged to complete their registration by July 18, but registration will remain open throughout the conference and can also be processed onsite.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2022 Annual Conference on Independent Living!

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2022 NCIL Advocacy Priorities Guide Now Available!

NCIL’s 2022 Advocacy Priorities Guide is now available.

This document contains specific information on the national legislative and policy priorities identified biannually by the NCIL membership, including funding for the Independent Living Program, healthcare and long-term care, housing, transportation, education, and more.

Please share this document with your Center or SILC staff, board, and the Senators and Representatives who serve your districts.

Contact NCIL for further information on the issues discussed in this document.

2022 NCIL Youth Scholarship Applications Now Open!

NCIL is proud to announce the 2022 Youth Scholarship Fund. For the eighth year in a row, we will be offering scholarships to our Annual Conference for youth with disabilities ages 18 – 26 who may otherwise be unable to afford the cost of attendance. 

For the fourth year in a row, we are also offering the Emet Tauber Youth Scholarship. Emet Tauber was a former Youth Scholarship recipient and NCIL board member who passed away in 2019. Emet’s life was changed by the Youth Scholarship Fund and he was passionate about enabling others to have the same opportunities. Therefore, the Emet Tauber Youth Scholarship will be awarded each year to at least one youth with a disability who is also trans and / or Jewish in recognition of Emet’s activism within both of those communities. If you would like to be considered for the Emet Tauber Youth Scholarship, follow the prompts on the application form under the “Emet Tauber Youth Scholarship” section.

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Participants Needed: 2022 National Survey on Health and Disability (NSHD)

Share how access to health care and the COVID-19 pandemic have affected your life.

The University of Kansas Institute for Health & Disability Policy Studies (KU-IHDPS) is looking for adults with disabilities to complete the National Survey on Health and Disability (NSHD). The NSHD is an annual, online survey about your health, quality of life, access to health care services, and the COVID-19 pandemic, as a person with a disability or health condition.

  • Adults aged 18-64 with any type of disability, chronic illness/disease, mental or physical health condition are encouraged to complete the survey
  • The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete
  • Responses are anonymous
  • Survey opens May 2, 2022

Go to: https://rockcha.lk/2022NSHD

Whether or not you complete the survey, you can choose to enter a drawing to win one of ten $100 gift cards. If you prefer to take the survey over the phone or have any questions about participating, please call toll-free 1-855-556-6328 (Voice/TTY) or email healthsurvey@ku.edu.

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FLASH SALE: 10% OFF Annual Conference Registration – This Week ONLY!

NCIL’s schedule of workshops for the 2022 Annual Conference on Independent Living has been posted.

We’re offering 10% off conference registration for one week – Monday, June 13 – Friday, June 17.

Use the discount code: FLASH to apply the discount to your order.

Special Flash Sale / All NCIL Conference Registrations 10% OFF / One Week Only June 13-17 / Enter Code: FLASH
Image: Special Flash Sale / All NCIL Conference Registrations 10% OFF / One Week Only June 13-17 / Enter Code: FLASH