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IL-NET Presents… A National Webinar & Teleconference: Statewide and Systemic Responses to COVID-19 and Other Emergencies – A Q&A Session for CILs and SILCs

Tuesday, May 5, 2020; 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern

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The IL-NET National Training & Technical Assistance Center is offering a new panel presentation in our series on maintaining strong Center for Independent Living (CIL) and Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On May 5, our panelists will share information and resources on developing systemic and statewide responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergencies. Much of the impact of COVID-19 is unique and new, but there is a lot of advocacy, coalition work, and emergency preparedness work that we can pull from and also develop for the future. Join us for this Q&A webinar where our panelists will share their experience and expertise with this kind of work.

You won’t want to miss this important webinar. Sign-up today!

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

Target Audience: Staff and board of centers for independent living and statewide independent living councils.

Your Presenters

The panel will be moderated by Richard Petty, IL-NET Director, and Tim Fuchs, NCIL Operations Director.

Todd Holloway has worked for the Center For Independence (CFI) in Lakewood, WA for fifteen years. In that time, he has expanded CFI’s community relationships by working directly with peer organizations and ALL of the government and non-government organizations that intersect with Independent Living and our movement. 

He is currently the chair of the NCIL Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee as well as the chair of the Tacoma Area Commission on Disability (TACoD) and the co-chair of the Pierce County Accessible Communities Advisory Council (PC-ACAC). Systemic change has become a huge focus for him and he joins many of our IL family in sharing lessons learned and best practices in an attempt to achieve true equality in all of our communities!

Patrice Strahan is a core member of Disability Justice Culture Club, a collective led by and centering disabled and neurodivergent QTBIPOC located in Huichin territory (in deep East Oakland, CA). DJCC was one of the leading organizations behind the #PowerToLive campaign, responding to the deadly consequences of the power blackouts imposed by California’s electric utility on elders, disabled people, and poor communities. DJCC is currently leading an East Bay mutual aid network connecting volunteers and resources to seniors and disabled folks impact by the COVID pandemic.

Yomi Wrong is former Executive Director of the Center for Independent Living, founded in Berkeley, CA. She currently works as an ADA compliance manager for a large healthcare system in Northern California. She is actively engaged in COVID-19 emergency response at work and on the grass-roots level as a collaborator and adviser to disability justice organizers. 

The IL-NET National Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Center for Independent Living is operated by ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization). The IL-NET T&TA Center provides training and technical assistance to centers for independent living and statewide independent living councils. ILRU arranges some training activities through the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), peer-to-peer mentoring and youth program support through the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), and online courses and document development through Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities.

The IL-NET is supported by grant numbers 90ILTA0001 and 90ISTA0001 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.



  1. Bennita McCoy says

    Unable to register, states that it’s private

    I work with center for independent living

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