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2022 Annual Conference Wrap-Up

This year, NCIL hosted our first hybrid conference, which included over 35 hours of content spread out over seven days.

In addition to onsite participation, the 2022 Annual Conference on Independent Living included livestreams, recordings, and virtual components. Virtual content will be available for all registrants through the end of 2022.

We had approximately 400 in-person participants and 300 virtual participants. First-time attendees comprised 55% according to evaluation data. Seventy-five percent of respondents evaluated the experience as good, very good, or excellent.

The excitement of reuniting as a community was on display throughout the event and we were thrilled to see so many new faces.

NCIL thanks our dedicated members, volunteers, staff and board members, presenters, speakers, exhibitors, advertisers, and all conference participants for creating a truly memorable conference experience.

We are especially thankful for the members who scheduled and met with elected officials to advocate for Independent Living priorities. Together, we will create a world in which people with disabilities are truly valued equally and participate fully.

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IL-NET T&TA Center for Independent Living Presents… A National Webinar: CIL’s Use of Self and Peer Monitoring as a Management Tool

August 23, 2022; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

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, supports CILs and SILCs in building capacity to run strong, effective organizations. This webinar will be a discussion highlighting the importance of monitoring and assessing a CIL’s performance using self-assessment tools and how these tools can best be utilized within a CIL to improve program performance. It will feature three speakers, Paula McElwee from Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU), Annetta Johnson from Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living, and Kyle Kleist from Center for Independent Living for Western Wisconsin.

Please join us for this complimentary webinar and learn more about use of self and peer monitoring as management tools within CILs.

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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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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.

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
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IL-NET T&TA Center for Independent Living Presents… A National Webinar: The Independent Living Plan – Assisting Consumers in Making an IL Plan

June 21, 2022; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

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, supports CILs and SILCs in building capacity to run strong, effective organizations.

This webinar will be a panel discussion highlighting the benefits of a consumer-controlled approach to Independent Living Plan creation. Research shows that services are more effective overall when individual consumers set their own goals. We will feature representatives from LIFE Inc., Executive Director, Michelle Crain, and IL Services Coordinator, Robin Reisert.

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