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IL-NET T&TA Center for Independent Living in Partnership with the Administration for Community Living Presents a National Webinar – Being Invited In: Understanding and Respecting Native Disability Culture

November 29, 2022; 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. Eastern

Register online or reach out to [email protected] for more information.

In honor of Native American Heritage month, this webinar will help participants gain an increased understanding of Native Americans with disabilities living in Indian Country and learn best practices for outreach and service delivery. Panelists from a multi-year ACL-funded Native American Independent Living Demonstration grant will share their experiences providing independent living services in Indian Country. They will discuss the following:

  • Key issues tribal communities are facing around disability;  
  • Barriers and best practices to collaboration;
  • Impacts to community-led efforts; and
  • How participants can partner to strengthen work with tribal communities.


Hoskie Benally, Community and Government Liaison, Native American Disability Law Center; Member, National Council on Disability

Adam Brown, Executive Director
Disability Services and Legal Center

Joan O’Keefe, Executive Director
Southeast Alaska Independent Living, Inc.

Janelle Friday, Independent Living Coordinator
Southeast Alaska Independent Living, Inc.

Julie Shaw, Executive Director
Superior Alliance for Independent Living

Jillian Nyberg, Executive Director

Kimball Gray, Program Analyst, Office of Independent Living Programs
Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

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

Target Audience: Executive directors and staff for CILs and SILCs, UCEDDs, Protection & Advocacy Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, the disability community, tribal communities, and anyone interested in strengthening relationships with tribal communities.

Presentation supported by the IL-NET: The IL-NET National Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Center for Independent Living. The IL-NET T&TA Center provides training and technical assistance to centers for independent living and statewide independent living councils. The IL-NET T&TA Center is operated by ILRU in collaboration with NCIL, APRIL, and the University of Montana Rural Institute and RTC: Rural. The IL-NET is supported by grant numbers 90ILTA0002 and 90ISTA0002 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.