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

Registration Still Open & Recording Available for Elevate: Campaign Training for People with Disabilities!

Elevate: Campaign Training for People with Disabilities kicked off on Monday, June 3 with the first-ever run for office training for people with disabilities who are interested in running for elected office! Did you happen to miss it? If so, make sure to head over to to watch the recording of the 90-minute webinar, led by Neal Carter, Principal, Nu View Consulting and Atima Omara, Principal, Omara Strategy Group. In this webinar, Neal and Atima covered the basics for launching a campaign and provided an overview of essential campaign skills like messaging and fundraising. These skills will be covered more deeply in the remaining four webinars.

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CIL-NET Presents… A National Teleconference & Webinar: Get to the Core of It – Peer Support

Get to the Core of It – Peer Support
Best Practices in the CIL Core Services
August 13, 2019; 3:00–4:30 p.m. Eastern
Presented by: Matt Cain & Sarah Jo Jorgenson
Register online or by using the printable registration form (PDF)

Peer support is a hallmark of the Independent Living Movement and a core service – both in statute and philosophy – of Centers for Independent Living. We all know what peer support is, but running an effective peer support program with limited funding and staff has to be tailored to each CIL’s capacity and need. If you and your staff would like to learn more about implementing a proven model for peer support, then you won’t want to miss this training.

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Starting Today! Learn to Run for Office with Elevate: Campaign Training for People with Disabilities

Do you want to learn how to run a successful campaign for elected office? Sign up before noon Eastern to join us today for the first part of a five-week boot camp on core skills for running for office. Elevate: Campaign Training for People with Disabilities features five expert political consultants who will tell you everything you need to know about kickstarting your campaign, crafting your message as a candidate, communicating with voters, selecting campaign staff, and fundraising. It is ideal for the first-time candidate, as well as anybody who wants to support candidates with disabilities as campaign staff, future campaign managers, or volunteers. This training is non-partisan and open to all!

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Action Alert: DIA House Homestretch

Last week, ADAPT held a historic action on the Hill, significantly increasing the number of Disability Integration Act (DIA) co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. We are thrilled to inform you that – in response to a meeting with Montana ADAPTers during that action – Representative Gianforte (R-MT) has signed on to co-sponsor the Disability Integration Act (H.R. 555)! We are grateful to Representative Gianforte and so excited to have his support. Importantly, Representative Gianforte serves on the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee, and his co-sponsorship gives us the majority we need to ensure passage through the subcommittee!

To pass on the House floor in July, the Disability Integration Act needs the support of a majority of 1) the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, 2) the full Energy and Commerce Committee, 3) the Judiciary Committee, 4) the House Rules Committee and 5) the full House of Representatives. With Representative Gianforte’s co-sponsorship, we have secured a majority of DIA co-sponsors at every step of the process.

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Participate in an Online Dialogue to Share Your Thoughts on Subminimum Wage!

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is hosting a National Online Dialogue about Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The dialogue is intended to gather input on Section 14(c) from people across the country in the form of “ideas, individual stories, and personal experiences illustrating the impact of Section 14(c) on the employment of people with disabilities.”

The Independent Living community has long opposed the use of Section 14(c) certificates to pay disabled people subminimum wages. Employers use 14(c) certificates to pay disabled employees lower than the minimum wage – sometimes just pennies per hour. Paying people lower wages on the basis on their disability is discrimination, and this is one of the factors that has contributed to disproportionate rates of poverty among disabled people. This online dialogue provides us with an opportunity to share stories and information about our position, experiences, and ideas on this discriminatory and harmful practice. It is critical that our input be heard!

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New Discounted Accessible Guestrooms Available at the Embassy Suites Convention Center!

A new block of discounted accessible guestrooms is now available at the Embassy Suites DC Convention Center: 900 10th St NW / Washington, DC 20001. These rooms are available July 21-26, 2019.

Please Note:

  • This overflow block is for ADA Accessible guestrooms. There are still standard guestrooms available at the Grand Hyatt Washington.

The Embassy Suites is two blocks from the Grand Hyatt (0.2 miles). The rate is $239 / single or $259 / double per night (plus tax of 14.5%). Reservations must be made by June 22, 2019.

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Apply for the NCIL Youth Scholarship by July 1st!

NCIL’s Youth Scholarship Fund is one of the cornerstones of our Annual Conference on Independent Living. The Youth Scholarship Fund offers financial assistance for youth with disabilities aged 18 to 26 to attend NCIL’s Annual Conference.

We’ve already accepted close to 20 youth to receive scholarships for the 2019 Annual Conference. You can be one of the 2019 youth scholarship recipients, too! NCIL offers three tiers of scholarship funding:

Local – $110 to cover registration costs for youth with disabilities based in the Washington Metropolitan area (this includes youth who will be in DC for internship programs or other opportunities)

Regional – up to $975 to cover registration, some travel, and hotel for youth in Region III (Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia)

National – up to $1,200 to cover registration, travel, and hotel for youth outside of Region III

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NCIL Housing Subcommittee Seeks Input from All CILs Collaborating with Public Housing Authorities

Last September, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $98.5 million to 285 local public housing authorities across the country to provide permanent affordable housing to nearly 12,000 additional non-elderly people with disabilities. PHAs were encouraged to partner with health & human services agencies.

Centers for Independent Living across the U.S. were encouraged by NCIL to work with their local public housing authorities (PHA) to jointly apply for these funds. The housing assistance is provided through HUD’s Section 811 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program, which provides funding to housing agencies to assist non-elderly people with disabilities who are:

  • transitioning out of institutional or other separated settings;
  • at serious risk of institutionalization;
  • homeless; or
  • at risk of becoming homeless.

The NCIL Housing Subcommittee would like to hear from any Center that applied as a partner with your local PHA to gather more information in the following areas:

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Announcing: The 2019 NCIL Policy Briefing

Wednesday, June 19, 2019; 3:00–4:30 p.m. Eastern

NCIL is happy to announce our 14th Annual Policy Briefing.

This important presentation will to bring advocates up-to-date on national issues and federal policies that affect people with disabilities and provide participants with question and answer sessions with national leaders to ensure you have in-depth information on the issues you care about most.

The Policy Briefing will ensure that we are fired up and prepared for NCIL’s 2019 Day on the Hill! For those of you who will not be at the 2019 Annual Conference on Independent Living, this will provide you with valuable and timely information that you can use in your community. Please share this training announcement far and wide so that our issues reach many people.

This teleconference is free for NCIL Members. There is a $25.00 registration fee for Non-Members, per call-in site. Fee does not apply per participant in group, provided the group uses the same conference line.

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Course Descriptions Now Available for Elevate: Campaign Training for People with Disabilities

Course Descriptions Now Available for Elevate: Campaign Training for People with Disabilities

Course descriptions are now available for Elevate: Campaign Training for People with Disabilities. This five-week webinar series will teach participants the skills they need to run a campaign for local elected office, including creating operations, communications, fundraising, and voter outreach. This course is open to everyone, and we particularly encourage multi-marginalized people with disabilities to join us as we learn from five experienced political consultants of color about how to run for office.

Participants will be sent presentation materials in accessible formats 48 hours before each webinar. If you need additional accommodations or have questions, please contact Sarah Blahovec, Disability Vote Organizer, at or 202-207-0334 ext. 1103.

Visit to register and find updates as the series approaches.

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