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5 for 5: Independent Living Budget Increase Campaign Launch

February 13, 2023; 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern

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Join NCIL as we launch our new advocacy campaign, 5 for 5! We are asking Congress for $500 million to support Independent Living Services. Join us to hear more about this effort and how you can help!

Agenda

  • Welcome
  • The importance of Centers for Independent Living to our community  
  • Current IL funding and appropriations process
  • How you can help!

Registration Fee: This event is free-of-charge and open to the public.

Visit our in-progress website: 5for5campaign.com or reach out to jessica@ncil.org for more information.

5 for 5 Logo: Fund Centers for Independent Living - 500 Million; 5 Core Services
5 for 5 Logo: Fund Centers for Independent Living – 500 Million; 5 Core Services

Welcome and Congratulations to NCIL’s New Executive Director!

The Governing Board of the National Council on Independent Living is happy to announce the appointment of Theo Braddy as its new Executive Director beginning February 1, 2023. Theo will follow retiring Interim Executive Director Darrell Lynn Jones.

Theo served as Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) for nearly 31 years, from the beginning of the Center in 1989. He is noted for being one of the first, if not the first of CIL leader to develop and embrace the concept of Living Well with a Disability. Under his leadership, CILCP built a gym and developed resources to support that goal. Theo was instrumental in PA becoming the first state to pass a law establishing an affordable, accessible rural transportation program. He has also played an important role in establishing and expanding Medicaid waiver services in PA.  

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Funding Available to CILs for Community Vaccination Promotion Efforts!

With the goal of helping older adults and people with disabilities stay healthy, the U.S. Administration for Community Living has funded USAging to launch the Aging and Disability Vaccination Collaborative to fund local activities that encourage vaccination against COVID-19 and the flu for older adults and people with disabilities.

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Join NCIL January 26 for A Regional IL Showcase!

The National Council on Independent Living presents a forum to meet NCIL’s Regional Representatives and learn what CIL and SILC peers are accomplishing.

NCIL Regional IL Showcase

Please register at the link above or for more information please reach out to jenny@ncil.org.

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is offering a recurring virtual forum in which NCIL’s 10 Regional Representatives will showcase the successes and accomplishments of CILs and SILCs in their regions. NCIL’s Regional Reps are members of NCIL’s Governing Board and are elected from among the NCIL members in their respective regions.  

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IL-NET National T&TA Center for Independent Living Presents… A National Webinar: Non-Traditional Transitions

January 25, 2023; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Register online or email 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, supports CILs and SILCs in building capacity to run strong, effective organizations. This webinar will discuss varied approaches and strategies surrounding non-traditional transitions and diversions, such as transitioning from the justice system or coordinating appropriate housing during and after a disaster or public emergency.

Presenters

  • Sharif Brown, Program Manager for State Reentry, Alliance of Disability Advocates
  • Betzaida Ramos Chárriez, Directora Ejecutiva, Movimiento para el Alcance de Vida Independiente (MAVI)
  • Marly Saade, PCA Program Coordinator, The Center for Disability Empowerment
  • Susan Hetrick, M.Ed., Executive Director, The Center for Disability Empowerment
  • Jeff Hughes, Executive Director, Progressive Independence
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NCIL Joins National Initiative to Support Local Vaccination Outreach Activities

As the nation enters the coldest months of the winter season with high rates of hospitalization due to COVID-19 and one of the worst flu seasons on record, the need for older adults and people with disabilities to get vaccinated is at a critical point. To combat rising hospitalization rates among older adults and people with disabilities for both COVID-19 and the flu, two groups that are known to experience the most severe illness from these two conditions, the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is proud to announce that it is a partner in the Aging and Disability Vaccination Collaborative, a $75 million initiative funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living to provide outreach, technical assistance and support to promote vaccination uptake.

Led by USAging, the Aging and Disability Vaccination Collaborative will distribute funds to enable organizations across the aging and disability networks to perform an array of vaccination promotion activities. Organizations selected for funding will host community vaccine clinics, provide in-home vaccinations, provide transportation to vaccination sites, and will conduct outreach and education to older adults and people with disabilities among other activities.

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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 jenny@ncil.org 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.
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White House to Host Summit on COVID-19 Equity and What Works Showcase

The White House is hosting a Summit on COVID-19 Equity and What Works Showcase next week to highlight interventions and approaches that have moved the needle on equitable COVID-19 outcomes, and to showcase a path forward.

Please forward this invite widely for virtual participation via livestream!

You are invited to join the White House Summit on Covid-19 Equity and What Works Showcase virtually on Wednesday, November 16th, from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Three Centers for Independent Living have been invited to be showcased!

RSVP for a link to the livestream of the Summit (12:00 – 3:00 p.m.) and to sign up for the virtual What Works Showcase (3:15 – 5:00 p.m.).

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Know Your Resources – Orientation to the IL-NET National Training & Technical Assistance Center for CILs and SILCs

November 10, 2022; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

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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, supports Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs) in building capacity to run strong, effective organizations. The IL-NET’s resources cover an expansive list of topics related to CILs and SILCs, with an emphasis on core services. This webinar will highlight what’s new with the IL-NET and help you learn how to find the resources and training available through ILRU’s comprehensive website that best meet your needs. Our IL-NET team is here to assist you with finding the publications, recorded trainings, courses, and materials that will help you operate your CIL or SILC with excellence. 

Please join us for this complimentary webinar to learn what the IL-NET National T&TA Center has to offer you. Staff from ILRU will be joined by IL-NET collaborating organizations: NCIL, APRIL, and the University of Montana Rural Institute and RTC: Rural. The entire team will walk you through the trainings and resources the IL-NET offers and show you how you can best access them. You will learn about on-demand trainings and materials that are available immediately, as well as training topics for 2023 that you can add to your calendar. Don’t miss this free event! 

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NCIL Regional IL Showcase

The National Council on Independent Living presents a forum to meet NCIL’s Regional Representatives and learn what CIL and SILC peers are accomplishing.

November 9, 2022; 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

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NCIL is launching a recurring virtual forum in which NCIL’s 10 Regional Representatives will showcase the successes and accomplishments of CILs and SILCs in their regions. NCIL’s Regional Reps are members of NCIL’s Governing Board and are elected from among the NCIL members in their respective regions.  

This first forum features Regions I (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont) and IV (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee), but all regions are invited.

The forums are open to all NCIL members, all CILs and SILCs, and all IL associations.

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