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You’re Invited: White House Briefing for Americans with Disabilities

Source: White House

You are invited to a briefing for Americans with disabilities on Thursday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement.

All are welcome! Please share with your email and social media networks.

ASL and CART will be provided.

Register for the call: https://pitc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_2kVivXBcQ6a_YCso7MkdwQ

Care Rationing Forum: Tuesday, November 16

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Please join us for a Care Rationing Forum. We’ll discuss the impact of COVID care rationing on older people, disabled people, and people of color, and brainstorm how disability advocates around the country can take action.

Tuesday, November 16

  • 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST
  • 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. CST
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MST
  • 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. PST

Sign up at https://bit.ly/CareRationingForum.

Speakers:

  • Reyma McCoy McDeid, National Council on Independent Living
  • Mel Leviton, Idaho State Independent Living Council;
  • Silvia Yee, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)

Event will include live captioning, ASL and Spanish interpretation. Please make a note of other needed languages or accommodations on the registration form.

This event is part of the Disability Organizers Forum, a project of the National Disability Leadership Alliance. Co-sponsored by Senior & Disability Action.

#DontRationOurCare #NoBodyIsDisposable #EndAbleism #EndAgeism

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NCIL Policy Briefing Archive Now Available!

On Wednesday, July 14, 2021; NCIL held its 16th Annual Policy Briefing.

At this briefing, the Chairs of key NCIL Legislative & Advocacy (L&A) Subcommittees discussed NCIL’s legislative priorities and Advocacy Priorities Guide. They also provided talking points to prepare conference attendees for their virtual Hill meetings on Thursday, July 22.

Archive

Materials

Briefing Presentation

Advocacy Priorities Guide (Summer 2021)

2021 NCIL Advocacy Priorities Guide Now Available!

NCIL’s 2021 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.

Registration Now Open for NCIL’s 2021 Virtual Annual Conference!

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July 19-30, 2021

The theme of NCIL’s 2021 Annual Conference is Liberty, Independence, Freedom, and Equity (LIFE).

Liberty, Independence, Freedom, and Equity represent the pillars of the work we must do. We will fight for the liberty of people with disabilities incarcerated in institutions, including nursing homes, psychiatric institutions, intermediate care facilities, jails and prisons, and other congregate settings. We will fight for the independence and freedom of people with disabilities to lead our own lives. We will fight for equity in all that we do to achieve a more just, anti-racist, and equitable society and Independent Living Movement. This is our agenda. Join Us!

All registrations received and paid by June 29, 2021 are eligible for the Early Bird registration rates.

Early Bird Registration Rates

  • NCIL Member: $150 / person
  • Non-Member: $240 / person
  • Youth (26 and younger): $90

Regular Registration Rates

  • NCIL Member: $210 / person
  • Non-Member: $300 / person
  • Youth (26 and younger): $90

Contact eleanor@ncil.org with questions about registration.

Registration Policies

BIPOC Complimentary Registrations

NCIL is excited to offer complimentary registrations to all BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) who want to attend NCIL’s 2021 Virtual Conference on Independent Living. NCIL is offering these complimentary registrations to all BIPOC to offer reparations for past harm and exclusion, in commitment to our transition to becoming a truly equitable and just organization. BIPOC folks will receive a discount code in the registration form to waive their registration fee.

Beginning in 2022, NCIL will offer BIPOC conference grants that will be application-based. We will release more information on the grants, including how to donate or apply in early 2022.  

Youth Registration Rate

NCIL offers a reduced youth registration fee of $90 to all NCIL members that are 26 years old or younger. We hope this special rate will allow young people to afford the Conference and organizations to sponsor young people to attend.

Replacement and Cancellations

Replacement and cancellation requests must be made in writing and sent to conference@ncil.org by July 13, 2021. No refunds will be issued after that date.

Registrant Replacement: If it becomes necessary for you to send someone in your place, please contact us as soon as possible.

Cancellation: Cancellation requests received by July 13, 2021 are refundable less a $50 processing fee.

Survey: Accessible COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution to People with Disabilities

Now that vaccine distribution is rapidly picking up pace, the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies wants to find where people with disabilities continue to face barriers in accessing the COVID-19 vaccine.

Please take 10 minutes to complete the Accessible COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution to People with Disabilities survey to help us strategize for equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine for and autonomy of people with disabilities.

If you need this survey in an alternative format, please contact Priya Penner at p.penner@disasterstrategies.org.

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2021 NCIL Advocacy Awards

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Each year, NCIL recognizes individuals and / or organizations for outstanding advocacy efforts.

Eligibility: Nominees do not have to be a member of NCIL. In the event that the winner is not a member of NCIL, upon receiving the award, he or she will receive a free one-year individual NCIL membership.

You must be a NCIL member to nominate someone for an award. The deadline to nominate for a NCIL Advocacy Award is May 28, 2021.

Awards will be announced during NCIL’s 2021 Annual Conference on Independent Living.

Diana Viets Memorial Award

This year, NCIL will again be honoring individuals from the Independent Living field with various awards for their dedication to the Independent Living and disability rights movements. One of these awards is the Diana Viets Memorial Award.

Diana was an energetic young woman with a disability who dedicated her life to empowering young people with disabilities to take an active role in the Independent Living movement. Through her work at a Center for Independent Living and the NCIL Board, Diana touched the lives of many youth with disabilities. NCIL wants to acknowledge, honor, and encourage our young leaders who are promoting disability pride, spreading Independent Living philosophy, and fostering the active participation of youth with disabilities in the disability rights movement.

Eligibility: Individuals eligible for this award should be young adults whose work through Independent Living has had a positive impact on youth with disabilities.

Regional Advocacy Awards

NCIL encourages you to nominate someone in your region who you believe is deserving of an award for their advocacy efforts.

Purpose: To recognize individuals or groups / organizations within each region for outstanding systems advocacy efforts consistent with independent living goals and philosophy at a national, state, or local level.

Process: The Regional Representative will solicit written nominations from membership within their region. Regional Representatives are strongly encouraged to solicit input from the members in their region in selecting the award winner. To the greatest degree possible, the selection process should be free of actual or perceived conflicts of interest. One award winner will be selected from each region.

2021 Call for Resolutions

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NCIL Resolutions

The purpose of resolutions is for members to speak directly to what NCIL does and what NCIL stands for. A resolution, if adopted by the membership, is a formal opinion from NCIL or a commitment to taking action on a specific topic.

Resolutions must be received by May 28, 2021.

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Make Nominations for the NCIL Board of Directors by May 10, 2021!

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Dear NCIL Members:

NCIL is planning to hold virtual elections for our Governing Board positions this year. NCIL members have an opportunity to nominate an individual to run for each of the following positions on the NCIL Board:

If you or someone you know would be interested in running for the NCIL Board, please fill out the nomination form.

Please carefully review the position descriptions and memorandum, as it will help in considering potential nominees. Also, make sure to share these resources with the individual you are nominating so that they have a clear understanding of what will be expected should they be elected.

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Free Resource for Youth & Emerging Leaders with Disabilities Interested in Nonprofit Leadership

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Out of the Margins is a free, accessible resource available to any emerging leaders, teaching the fundamentals of nonprofit leadership. Out of the Margins provides tutorials on core subject matters that are fundamental to leading not-for-profit organizations including financial oversight, conflict resolution, advocacy v. lobbying, grants and grant writing, annual reporting, overseeing operations, understanding boards and committees, and more. Emerging leaders can review the materials at their own pace and choose the subjects that are most important to them.

Each subject is taught by a different subject matter expert. All experts are disabled people with diverse backgrounds from across the nation. Out of the Margins is ever evolving and growing to meet the needs of emerging leaders. 

Out of the Margins is a project of the Topeka Independent Living Resource Center, Inc. To learn more about Out of the Margins, please visit outofthemargins.org.

Interested in scheduling a training for your organization on how to use Out of the Margins to help your youth & emerging leaders? Contact us at getoutofthemargins@gmail.com.