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Disability Integration Act Children’s Art Contest

Your child’s original artwork could win them a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with Members of Congress about the Disability Integration Act!

2018 Disability Integration Act Artwork Contest Guidelines

The Disability Integration Act (DIA) is a bill that was introduced by Senator Schumer in the Senate and Representative Sensenbrenner in the House to help people with disabilities and older people live at home instead of having to go to a nursing home or other institution. Sometimes people who need extra help with the things they do every day, like getting dressed or eating, are forced to go to a nursing home to get that help instead of living at home. That’s not fair. This bill would make it the law that we would help people in their own homes! You and a grown up can look up the bill on by searching the bill numbers: S. 910 and H.R. 2472. You can also learn more at

NCIL logo - National Council on Independent LivingIn one piece of artwork, show us what the Disability Integration Act means to you and how your life will be impacted when the bill passes. You can also include 1 to 5 sentences with your artwork.

Extended Deadline: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern

For any questions, contact

Artwork Contest Rules 2018

Eligibility: Children ages 12 and under are eligible to participate in this contest. Children do not need to be disabled, but must use their artwork to demonstrate how the Disability Integration Act would impact them. The artwork may be no bigger than a standard poster board. 

Content and Judging: Drawings or other artwork must be the original work of the child. All decisions of the judges are final.


All entries must be emailed to In the body of the email the entrant must include their name, age, and their parent or guardian’s email address and phone number. The drawing/artwork should be attached in a separate document to the email.

If the artwork or an image of the artwork cannot be sent via email, it can be mailed to:

NCIL Art Contest
Center for Disability Rights
497 State Street
Rochester, NY 14608

  • To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact
  • Your drawing will be disqualified if it does not meet the requirements or is submitted after the submission date of 11:59 p.m. Eastern on June 26, 2018. For mailed submissions, the package must be postmarked no later than June 26, 2018.

Prizes: The artist of the winning drawing will receive an all-expense paid trip to the nation’s capital from anywhere in the U.S. for the winner and a parent or guardian to attend the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Conference from July 22 to July 26, 2018. The winner will have the opportunity attend a rally on Disability Rights and attend legislative meetings to discuss the importance of the Disability Integration Act. The winner will also receive $200.

The artwork will become the property of the National Council on Independent Living once it is submitted, and will not be returned.

Thank you for your artwork submission and good luck!

See also: Disability Integration Act Essay Contest for young adults between the ages of 13 and 22.