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Join NCIL January 26 for A Regional IL Showcase!

The National Council on Independent Living presents a forum to meet NCIL’s Regional Representatives and learn what CIL and SILC peers are accomplishing.

NCIL Regional IL Showcase

Please register at the link above or for more information please reach out to jenny@ncil.org.

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is offering a recurring virtual forum in which NCIL’s 10 Regional Representatives will showcase the successes and accomplishments of CILs and SILCs in their regions. NCIL’s Regional Reps are members of NCIL’s Governing Board and are elected from among the NCIL members in their respective regions.  

Forum Description:

This second forum features Regions V (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin) and VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas), but all regions are invited.  

The forums are open to all NCIL members, all CILs and SILCs, and all IL associations.

These forums are an opportunity to:

  • Meet your region’s representative on the national level and learn their role in informing you of current IL issues and assisting you in networking.
  • Discover what other CILs and SILCs are accomplishing that can inform your own programs and local efforts.
  • Share what your CIL or SILC has recently accomplished to boost the momentum of your peers.
  • Learn how you can support the national effort to advance independent living and why a national network is so critical to the success of your local, state, and regional work.

This second forum will be facilitated by:

  • Darrell Lynn Jones, NCIL’s Interim Executive Director
  • Steve Higgins, Independence Associates, Inc., Bridgewater, MA – Region I Representative and Chair of the Regional Representatives Committee
  • John Herring, Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living, Springfield, IL – Region V Representative
  • Samantha Moreno, Progressive Independence, Norman, OK – Region VI Representative

Brief presentations that showcase recent CIL accomplishments in these regions will include:

Amy Tweedle, Spa Area Independent Living Services (Hot Springs, AR) – Amy will speak about SAILS’ program, which combines health and wellness with emergency shelter.

Candace Coleman, Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago (Chicago, IL) – Candace will speak on the Community Emergency Services and Supports Act (CESSA), which was passed into law last year. Candace will explain what CESSA is, how it was passed, and the steps being taken to implement it.