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Independent Living News & Policy from the National Council on Independent Living

Sign on to Support the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act by COB Today!

The Transformation to Competitive Employment Act (S. 260 and H.R. 873) has been introduced in Congress by Senators Casey and Van Hollen and Chairman Scott and Representative McMorris Rodgers. The Transformation to Competitive Employment Act will phase out the use of 14(c) certificates and provide funding for grants to states and employers to transform business models to support competitive integrated employment.

If your organization is interested in signing on in support, below is a link for state level organizations and affiliates to use to sign on. We’re sorry for the short notice, but signatures must be received by close of business today, February 19, 2019.

Read the previous version of the letter signed on by national organizations (PDF), including NCIL, and add your organization as a signatory.

Ask Senator Klobuchar to Sponsor the Disability Integration Act!

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is the only Democratic 2020 Candidate not listed as a co-sponsor of the Disability Integration Act (DIA)! We want her to sign on today.

On Monday, February 18, 2019 CNN will host at Town Hall with candidate Senator Klobuchar and we want you to contact her via social media to tell her to co-sponsor the DIA today!

Her messaging is: “You won’t be ignored this time” and that’s exactly right. Let’s tell Senator Klobuchar that she will not ignore the disability community and she will sponsor DIA (S. 117) today!

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Organizers Forum: Disability Integration Act

  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern; 12:00-1:00 Central; 11:00-12:00 Mountain; 10:00-11:00 Pacific
  • RSVP
  • Call-in: 1-515-739-1285, passcode 521847#
  • Join the meeting online

The Disability Integration Act (DIA) is a civil rights, bipartisan and bicameral legislation, introduced by Senators Charles Schumer, Minority Leader (D-NY) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) in the Senate and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) in the House, to address the fundamental issue that people who need Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) are forced into institutions and losing their basic civil rights. The legislation (S. 117 and H.R. 555) builds on the 25 years of work that ADAPT has done to end the institutional bias and provide seniors and people with disabilities home and community-based services (HCBS) as an alternative to institutionalization. It is the next step in our national advocacy after securing the Community First Choice (CFC) option.

For this call, we will focus on the history of the Disability Integration Act, the current position of the bill, our goals for the bill, the strategy to get the DIA passed in the House this July, and how advocates across the nation can get involved in helping us pass DIA!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! NCIL Loves You!

Roses are red
Violets are blue
NCIL’s work is grassroots
We can’t do it without you

Happy Valentine’s Day! At NCIL, we’re sending love to all of our members and donors who make our work possible. Thanks to you, NCIL continues to be a voice on Capitol Hill for CILs, SILCs, and people with disabilities across the country.

We can’t do this work alone. Show NCIL some love today by making a donation. Let’s spread the love of Independent Living!

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Action Alert: Invite Your Members of Congress to the 2019 NCIL Congressional Briefing & Reception on Capitol Hill!

Note: Online RSVPs are closed as of 5:00 p.m. Eastern on Friday, February 22. Individuals who do not RSVP can still attend the event (space permitting) and can register on site.

Dear NCIL Members,

It’s time for the annual NCIL Congressional Briefing & Reception on Capitol Hill! If you are in the DC area, we hope you will join us. Please see the event details and RSVP at our website.

Wherever you are, we are asking for your help to get your members of Congress to attend this briefing. NCIL, as the national advocate for CILs, SILCs, and the Independent Living philosophy, has the mission of being your voice in Washington DC and representing your interests. NCIL hosts this annual briefing and reception in order to educate members of Congress on a number of relevant policy initiatives that aim to advance disability rights and the ability of people with disabilities to live more independently.

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The National Organizing Project Presents… A Teleconference and Webinar: Advocacy – We CAN Do It!

Advocacy, Advocacy, Advocacy! Several of the CIL Core Services are all about advocacy, but are we succeeding? Are we making the most of the resources we have to make the changes we need?

Confused about what funding stream you can use to do what work? Don’t know where the line is? Unsure of where the line between lobbying and advocacy is, and therefore not going near it?

Well, have we got the teleconference / webinar for you!

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CIL-NET Presents… A National Teleconference & Webinar: Investing in the Independent Living Movement Means Investing in Youth

March 20, 2019; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

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

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are required to support young people with disabilities as they transition to adulthood. This is a core service of CILs, but one that many CILs are still figuring out how to best provide. Before any services or support can be achieved, CILs must understand how to get youth with disabilities meaningfully engaged in their CIL and the Independent Living Movement. This work is not easy, but it can be done with the right staff, expectations, and understanding of the young people with disabilities in your community.

Our presenters will share concrete ways your CIL can reach young people, help them see your CIL as something they should be a part of, and get them involved for years to come. Investing in youth will improve our organizations and ensure the future of the Independent Living Movement.

You won’t want to miss this webinar on core services and the future of our Movement. Sign up today!

Registration Fee: $75.00. Fee is per site and does not apply per participant; registrants are encouraged to gather as many individuals as desired to participate.

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Apply for NCIL’s 2019 Summer Policy Internship Program by Monday, April 1!

Each semester, the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) hosts up to 2 internship positions at our office in Washington, DC. The Policy Internship Program provides real Washington policy experience to participants at a highly respected national organization. Interns gain valuable experience in the nation’s capital and build skills necessary to be ideal candidates for positions at NCIL, CILs, and other advocacy organizations around the country.

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Short-Term Money Follows the Person Extension Signed Into Law!

Last Friday H.R. 259, the Medicaid Extenders Act, was signed into law. The bill includes three months of funding for the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Program. As we know, three months is not enough to sustain the work of MFP, but it does provide a much needed extension while we continue our advocacy for a longer renewal. This is certainly something to be celebrated! Thank you to all of you for your work to get this done. 

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Tuesday, January 29 – Organizers Forum: Disability Organizing in 2019

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern; 12:00-1:00 Central; 11:00-12:00 Mountain; 10:00-11:00 Pacific
  • RSVP
  • Call-in: 1-515-739-1285, passcode 521847#
  • Join the meeting online

Hear some powerful disability community organizers share their visions for 2019. How is community organizing in disability communities going? How strong are we? What can we do differently? How are we addressing racism and intersectionality? What challenges and opportunities do we face this coming year? Please join to share your own and engage in dialogue.

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