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CIL-NET & SILC-NET Present… A National Teleconference & Webinar: Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment in CILs

April 25, 2018; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

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

Sexual violence and sexual harassment in the workplace has been in the spotlight recently and it’s about time. Independent Living advocates know all too well the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment experienced by people with disabilities. As employers and administrators and service providers, Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs) have a responsibility to create environments that respond sensitively and safely. Our staff, board, council members, volunteers, and consumers all benefit when sexual violence and sexual harassment is addressed. Policies and procedures within CILs and SILCs should give guidance and structure in order to create responsive facilities, programs, and activities.

IL-NET Logo - CIL-NET + SILC-NETJoin us this April – Sexual Assault Awareness Month – to learn how you can support victims of violence and work to prevent sexual harassment in your organization. Learn the steps for creating an environment where sexual violence and harassment is addressed sensitively and effectively using a trauma informed approach. Sample policies and procedures that offer guidance will be discussed. Our presenters will share their work as sexual assault advocates and discuss these issues specifically within CILs and SILCs. We all have a role to play in creating a culture where sexual violence is addressed and sexual harassment is not tolerated. Don’t miss this crucial presentation.  [Read more…]

CIL-NET Presents… A National Onsite Training – Get to the Core of It: Integrating CIL Core Services for a Holistic Consumer Experience

May 1-4, 2018; Tempe, Arizona

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Registration Fee: $150.00

Registration Deadline: March 31, 2018

IL-NET Logo - CIL-NET + SILC-NETConsumer control is at the heart of Independent Living. Centers for Independent Living distinguish themselves and the quality of their services by allowing consumers to determine their own goals and success. It’s a simple concept, but running a CIL and providing the core services is anything but. This training will provide you with best practices and innovative approaches to the core services by going straight back to our roots in consumer control and the independent living philosophy. We will address all of the CIL core services, including the new core services of youth transition, transition from institutions to the community, and avoiding institutionalization.

Our team of experienced CIL directors and staff will give you real-world solutions to build integrated, seamless services and programs focused on consumer empowerment and success. This will be IL-NET’s only national, onsite training in 2018. Don’t miss this exciting 3 ½ day event in the Valley of the Sun.

Following the training, on the afternoon of May 4, participants will have the opportunity to take a field trip to the Ability360 campus, Phoenix’s Center for Independent Living and an international landmark in universal design and collaborative planning with both its Ability360 Center and Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center.  [Read more…]

Call for Presenters – 2018 Independent Living Conference: Collaboration & Solidarity

  • When: June 6, 2018
  • Where: Sacramento, CA

There is no better time than now to build and cultivate our disability community partnerships. The goal of this year’s conference is to cultivate our relationships and build on our solidarity. Local, regional, statewide and national organizations that are focused, proactive and looking for ways to make positive change in collaboration with Independent Living Centers are encouraged to submit a conference proposal.

Please consider submitting a brief workshop proposal. Multiple presenters and panel presentations are welcome. Workshop length: 75 minutes.

Seeking Workshops Proposal for the Following Tracks

  • Long-Term Services & Support
  • Youth Transition
  • Intersectionality
  • Emergency Readiness & Recovery
  • Effective Systems Change/Community Organizing Campaigns

Proposal Deadline: Workshop proposals are due by March 12, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Read more at the CFILC website.

Call for Proposals: AIRS 2018 I&R Training and Education Conference

The Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) has released the call for proposals for the 2018 Annual Information and Referral (I&R) Training and Education Conference. This 40th annual I&R conference is being held in Dallas, Texas, June 3-6, 2018. AIRS is seeking workshops addressing the breadth of I&R service delivery.

The Aging and Disability conference track offers a unique opportunity to share developments and effective practices in serving older adults, persons with disabilities, and caregivers with I&R/A colleagues across the country. This track is coordinated by NASUAD’s I&R Support Center, which strongly encourages aging and disability I&R agencies of all types to review the call for proposals and consider a submission. The deadline for proposal submissions is February 16, 2018[Read more…]

Share Your Experiences with the New 704/ Program Performance Reports

The NCIL Rehabilitation Act / Independent Living Funding Subcommittee is looking for input from CILs and SILCs on their experiences with the new 704 / Program Performance Reports (PPR) and the ACL Reporting system. Please share your experiences with us. The deadline to complete the survey has been extended to by Friday, February 23, 2018!

To participate, complete the survey online. The survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes.

The survey is also available in Word and plain text and can be emailed back to

SILC-NET Presents… A National Teleconference & Webinar: Refining SILC Operations – SILC Indicators and SILC and DSE Assurances

January 31, 2018; 3:00-4:30 p.m. Eastern

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

IL-NET Logo - CIL-NET + SILC-NETJoin us January 31 as we explore the Administration on Community Living’s (ACL) indicators and assurances for SILCs and DSEs. ACL released their draft indicators and assurances in September of 2017. While these requirements are not yet in effect, they clearly display ACL’s perspective on SILC and DSE responsibilities and compliance. We will explore what the indicators and assurances say, how you can use this information, and when they may be implemented.

Registration Fee: $75.00. Fee is per site (connection) and does not apply per participant; registrants are encouraged to gather as many individuals as desired to participate by telephone or webinar.  [Read more…]

End 2017 Right – Invest in the Fight for Disability Rights!

Hundreds of NCIL Members march through the streets of DC in 20172017 was a year to remember for disability rights. In the face of dire threats to disabled lives and livelihoods, you rose up. Over the last year, you have called, you have tweeted, you have marched, and most of all, you have fought, over and over and over again. You are indefatigable – even though you shouldn’t have to be.

Giving to NCIL is an investment in the fight. As long as the rights of people with disabilities are jeopardy, we’ll be there, fighting alongside you and taking your voices to Capitol Hill. The year may be almost over, but we’re just getting started.

Give to NCIL to continue the fight – and remember, your contribution is tax deductible.

Happy New Year!

2018 Appropriations Update

Back in September, Congress passed a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded through this Friday, December 8. Last week, Congress passed and the President signed another CR to keep the government funded through Friday, December 22. This gives Congress less than two weeks to reach a longer-term spending deal.

The House and Senate have both already passed their Labor-HHS-Education (L-HHS-Ed) spending bills out of their Appropriations Committees. Both of them level fund the Independent Living Program. You can read more and see the bills in our September alert.

NCIL logo - National Council on Independent LivingThat said, we know the GOP-led Congress is intent on slashing funding, and we may very likely see changes to the current bills. Regardless, over the next two weeks, Congress has a lot to work through if they’re going to reach a deal. They have to try to align their spending bills with the priorities addressed in their dangerous budget resolution. They’ll also be attempting to overcome several contentious issues, including funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a replacement for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), stabilizing the Affordable Care Act markets, and disaster recovery funding. Additionally, they’ll have to decide whether they’ll raise the cap on discretionary funding that’s required under the Budget Control Act of 2011; if they don’t, sequestration will go into effect, resulting in across-the-board cuts. Read more about the history of the Budget Control Act and sequestration in a 2012 NCIL Action Alert. If they can’t find agreement on these issues, we may end up with another short-term CR or a government shutdown.

Appropriations bills are part of an annual process that is critical for keeping our country up and running. But instead of working to figure out how to keep vital programs functioning, the GOP has spent the last few months focusing on their terrible tax bill that will eliminate much-needed funding instead. Their priorities are completely backwards, and we need to work together to ensure that the Independent Living Program and other programs hold on to their funding. We know that there are a lot of issues demanding your attention right now, but please take a moment to call your Senators and your Representative and tell them how important the Independent Living Program is to you. In the current atmosphere we will not see any funding increases, but a cut to Independent Living funding would be disastrous. Members of Congress in both the House and the Senate need to hear from their constituents about what’s really important to the people they represent!

CIL-NET & SILC-NET Present… A National Teleconference & Webinar: Know Your Resources – Orientation to the IL-NET and and

CIL-NET & SILC-NET Present… A National Teleconference & Webinar:

Know Your Resources – Orientation to the IL-NET and and

January 10, 2018; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Register online

IL-NET Logo - CIL-NET + SILC-NETThe IL-NET program has operated since 1994 to support CILs and SILCs with training and technical assistance on a wide variety of topics. IL-NET’s resources cover an expansive list of topics related to CILs and SILCs, from advocacy to financial management, and everything in between. The sheer quantity of material offered by the program can be overwhelming.

Please join us for this complimentary teleconference and webinar to learn what the IL-NET has to offer you. Staff from each of our partner organizations, ILRU, NCIL, APRIL, and Utah State University’s Center for People with Disabilities will walk you through the trainings and resources they offer and how you can best access them. You will learn about online trainings and materials that you can access right away, as well as training topics for 2018 that you can add to your calendar. Don’t miss this free event!

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

Target Audience: Staff and Board of CILs, SILCs, and DSEs.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, participants will have knowledge and resources that will enable them to:

  • Describe foundational elements of the IL-NET Training and Technical Assistance project, including history, funding, partners, and roles.
  • Describe the basic layout and navigation of the IL-NET pages of the ILRU website for ease in locating information.
  • Identify the wide array of training, resources, programs and services available to CILs, SILCs, DSEs, consumers, and other stakeholders.
  • Describe IL-NET’s national peer-to-peer mentoring program and technical and intensive support opportunities.

Presented by CIL-NET and SILC-NET: Programs of the IL-NET national training and technical assistance project for Centers for Independent Living (CIL-NET) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILC-NET). The IL-NET is operated by ILRU, Independent Living Research Utilization, in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), and Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities.

2017 Outcomes: Showcase Your Independent Living Organization!

Deadline: January 19, 2018

Dear NCIL Members,

NCIL logo - National Council on Independent LivingPlease take just a few moments to send NCIL one or two of your Center, SILC, or other Independent Living organization’s biggest accomplishments of 2017 and a photo that represents you or your work.

We are collecting your outcomes and photos for our upcoming Congressional Briefing and 2017 Annual Report.

Photos and accomplishments from our members made the 2016 Annual Report something really special and we can’t wait to see what you did in 2017!

Please send accomplishments in the form of outcomes.

  • Individual advocacy example: “Anytown Center for Independent Living assisted 42 youth with disabilities to successfully transition from high school to college and / or employment. Those young people are now leaders and role models for younger children with disabilities.”
  • Systems advocacy example: Anytown Center for Independent Living worked with the SILC to develop state legislation to restrict certificates that allow businesses to pay employees with disabilities less than minimum wage.”

These are only examples; feel free to get creative! Please keep submissions as concise as possible. Submit your accomplishments via email to by Friday, January 19, 2018.

Thank you!