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Nominate Deserving Youth with Disabilities for the Diana Viets Memorial Award!

Dear NCIL Member:

As you know, the NCIL Annual Meeting and Conference is rapidly approaching. The 2016 Annual Conference on Independent Living will be held July 25-28 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, DC. 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.

Logo - Solidarity - Everybody In - Annual Conference on Independent Living 2016One 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 the Independent Living philosophy, and fostering the active participation of youth with disabilities in the Disability Rights Movement.

As a member of NCIL, we ask you to nominate young people from your Center and / or community. Individuals eligible for this award should be young adults whose work through Independent Living has had a positive impact on youth with disabilities.

The Diana Viets Memorial Award will be presented to the winner during the Awards Luncheon, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at NCIL’s Annual Conference.

Please complete the nomination form by Friday, June 17, 2016. I look forward to seeing you at the NCIL Conference.


Kelly Buckland
Executive Director
National Council on Independent Living