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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 [email protected] 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.


Michelle Crain is the Executive Director of LIFE Inc. and manages CILs in Lubbock and San Angelo, Texas. She has been with LIFE for 22 years and has enhanced the IL program through various initiatives, most notably Nursing Home Transition, Assistive Technology, Social Security Advocacy, and Health & Fitness.

Robin Reisert is an IL Services Coordinator at LIFE Inc., with over 10 years of experience assisting people with disabilities. In her current position, she works collaboratively with CIL consumers to develop Independent Living Plans designed to achieve successful goal outcomes.

Please join us for this complimentary webinar and learn more about Independent Living Plans and the best ways to empower consumers in IL Plan creation. Additionally, participants will learn about consumer-led goal setting and how this can play into meeting federal requirements.

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

Target Audience: Executive directors, program managers, and staff members of Centers for Independent Living

What you will Learn:

  • Purpose and key elements of an Independent Living Plan.
  • Interviewing techniques that empower consumers to take control of their IL planning process.
  • How to support consumers with goal setting and choosing services to reach those goals.
  • The significance of goals in meeting federal requirements for the Consumer Information File (CIF) and the annual Program Performance Report (PPR).

Presented by the IL-NET: 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. The IL-NET is supported by grant numbers 90ILTA0002 and 90ISTA0002 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.