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CIL-NET Presents: Introduction to Housing Discrimination Laws for Independent Living Center Staff

CIL-NET Presents… A National Teleconference & Webinar

Introduction to Housing Discrimination Laws for Independent Living Center Staff

August 20, 2014; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Register online or by using the printable registration form (PDF).

Presented by: Claire Chantler and Susan Crawford of Northern West Virginia CIL and US Department of Housing and Urban Development

IL-NET Logo - CIL-NET + SILC-NETThe lack of accessible, affordable housing continues to be one of the primary barriers to independence for people with disabilities all over the country. Locating housing is challenging enough, but consumers frequently run into issues with modifications and accommodations before they move or during their residency. Join us on August 20th to learn more about action you can take with your consumers when they face housing discrimination. Our presenters will provide an overview of relevant pieces of the Fair Housing Act, ADA, and 504, as well as walking you through what to expect and how to handle when working through housing discrimination problems with your consumers.

This teleconference and webinar is perfect for new housing advocates and other IL staff assisting consumers with housing. Don’t miss it! 

Registration Fee: $75.00. Fee is per site (connection) and does not apply per participant; registrants are encouraged to gather as many individuals as desired to participate by telephone or webcast.

Target Audience

  • This introductory level training is intended for any CIL staff assisting consumers with housing discrimination issues. The training may also be beneficial for any SILC staff or members that want to have a better understanding of housing laws.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will have knowledge and resources that will enable them to:

  • Describe the history of the Fair Housing Act and the intersection with the ADA and Section 504
  • Describe the general prohibitions against discrimination based on disability and other protected classes in the Fair Housing Act
  • Identify general design and construction requirements of the Fair Housing Act and concepts of reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications and their relationship to accessibility
  • Identify strategies, best practices, and examples of successful cases with consumers experiencing housing discrimination


  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Brief history of the Fair Housing Act, ADA, and 504
  • Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST Hotline
  • Q&A Break
  • Reasonable accommodations and modifications
  • Q&A Break
  • Verification of disability
  • Assistance Animals
  • What to Do When a Landlord Says “No.”
  • Q&A Break
  • Resources & Conclusion

Meet Your Presenters

Claire Chantler is the Housing Advocate at the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living (NWVCIL) in Morgantown, WV. In this role, Claire oversees the Fair Housing Initiatives Program.

Susan Crawford is the Director of Compliance and Disability Rights in the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

PRESENTED BY CIL-NET: A program of the IL-NET national training and technical assistance project for Centers for Independent Living (CIL-NET) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILC-NET). The IL-NET is operated by ILRU, Independent Living Research Utilization, in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL).


  1. Eric Tissenbaum says

    The registration fee makes this program inaccessible for us.

    • theadvocacymonitor says

      In case there are others with the same question: While we do have to charge registration fees to cover the costs of providing these trainings, we certainly don’t intend for them to prevent people from participating. Please contact the NCIL office if you need to negotiate a registration fee that works for you.

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