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Announcing: The 2018 NCIL Policy Briefing

Wednesday, June 27, 2018; 3:00-4:30 p.m. Eastern

NCIL is happy to announce our 13th Annual Policy Briefing.

NCIL logo - National Council on Independent LivingThis 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 2018 Day on the Hill! For those of you who will not be at the 2018 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.

The Policy Briefing will be available via teleconference and CART (captioned) webcast. You must register by 12:00 Noon Eastern on June 27 to participate in the call.

  • Materials: This call will address the issues covered in NCIL’s Legislative & Advocacy Priorities Booklet, which is available in PDF, Word, or plain text.

Please contact Tim Fuchs at with any questions.

Apply for the Rooted in Writing Fellowship by May 21!

Are you passionate about disability rights? Are you passionate about writing? If you answered yes to both questions, Rooted in Rights wants YOU to apply for the new Rooted in Writing Fellowship! Applications are open through May 21st.

To learn more about the Rooted in Writing Fellowship, check out this video from the Editor in Chief of the Rooted in Rights Blog. For more details and to apply for the Rooted in Writing Fellowship, visit

New Report – A Hidden Market: The Purchasing Power of People With Disabilities

A new report has been released by the American Institutes for Research. The report is titled A Hidden Market: The Purchasing Power of People With Disabilities and provides research that quantifies the purchasing power of working-age adults with disabilities. Please see the news release for an overview and a link to the report[Read more…]

Cast Your Ballot: NCIL Proposed Bylaw Amendments

April 30, 2018

NCIL logo - National Council on Independent LivingThe National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Governing Board recently voted to amend NCIL’s bylaws to improve or correct several sections.

A summary of the proposed changes is available, and you can also read the current bylaws and the proposed new bylaws at our website.

In accordance with NCIL’s Bylaws, “the full membership shall be afforded an opportunity to vote, to ratify or to rescind the Governing Board’s action within sixty (60) days of the date on which the interim amendment or amendments were made.”

NCIL members can cast a ballot to vote to ratify or rescind these amendments. The deadline to cast your ballot is 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

Early Bird Registration Rates for NCIL’s 2018 Annual Conference End at Midnight April 27!

Visit our 2018 Annual Conference web page find everything you need to know about the 2018 Annual Conference.

Mobilize - Resistance through Action: 2018 Annual Conference on Independent Living. Graphic features an arrow striking a heart over the letters "IL" and a target that replaces the "o" in "Mobilize"Then, register online or by using the printable Registration Form (PDFWord, or plain text). Online registration gives you the ability to register up to three attendees with one transaction and accepts Discover, American Express, Visa and MasterCard.

All registrations received and paid on or before April 27, 2018 are eligible for the Early Bird registration rates.

This year, you can use NCIL’s custom links to reserve your room at the Grand Hyatt or Marriott Metro Center.

See you in July!

Call for Volunteers

Dear Friends of NCIL,

Are you interested in volunteering? Do you just want to volunteer or want to save some money on registration? We have opportunities for you!

Mobilize - Resistance through Action: 2018 Annual Conference on Independent Living. Graphic features an arrow striking a heart over the letters "IL" and a target that replaces the "o" in "Mobilize"The 2018 Annual Conference on Independent Living is scheduled for July 23-26 and volunteer opportunities begin on July 22. We have a wonderful conference planned but we can’t do it all without volunteers. The Annual Conference Committee and NCIL staff work tirelessly all year planning the Annual Conference on a limited budget and are very committed to keeping costs low to make the conference as affordable as possible for our conference attendees and organizations. Committed volunteers are critical to conference successes.

We hope that IL advocates, family, friends, and supporters around the country will provide significant assistance at the 2018 Annual Conference on Independent Living. We have wonderful incentives for those who put in conference volunteer hours! We know some of your staff must attend all conference activities but if there are others that may not normally get to come to the conference, incentives for volunteering may be the perfect opportunity for them. If you or a member of your staff volunteers more than 5 hours during the conference, half of the volunteer’s registration fee is waived. If you or a member of your staff volunteers 10 or more hours, the volunteer’s full registration fee will be waived.  [Read more…]

Organizers Forum: Disability and Running for Office

Although one in six voters has a disability, we are underrepresented and under-recognized as political candidates and public servants. This call will talk about the importance of running for and serving in public office as a person with a disability, the challenges and opportunities that people with disabilities (especially those who are multiply marginalized) face in campaigns, and the work being done to increase resources to train disabled leaders to run for office.  [Read more…]

Call for Presenters: Disability & Intersectionality Summit 2018

The 2018 Disability & Intersectionality Summit will take place Saturday, October 13th, 2018 in Cambridge, MA. This summit centers the multiple oppressions that impact the lived experiences of disabled individuals, as told by disabled people, in a setting organized by disabled activists. While members of academia are welcome to attend and present, this is not an academic conference. This event is attended by community members and professionals with a range of disability understanding and lived-experiences. This is a ticketed event open to the public.

Call for Presenters

Who Should Submit: This conference centers multiply-marginalized disabled people. Marginalized disabled people and or disabled people of color include: queer disabled people of color, undocumented transgender disabled people, disabled Native American/Indigenous People/Two-Spirit People, disabled youth of color, formerly incarcerated disabled people, among others.

What Should You Submit: A range of presentation-styles from individual, panel, and artistic performances that reflect the conference theme of Disability & Intersectionality will be considered. Your presentation should be “TED-like” in nature as opposed to workshops or focus-groups.

Accepted presenters will receive a response from the DIS Selection Committee in July/August. This Call for Presenters will close by Saturday, June 23, 12:00 a.m. EST.

Submit your proposal online.

Survey / Study on Deaf Experiences

The purpose of this study is to investigate difficult social experiences that deaf/Deaf and hard of hearing people may have faced in childhood, such as trauma as a result of oppression or abuse, and how these experiences shape their sense of identity and social interactions as adults, with particular attention to experiences of exclusion.

The focus of the study is on social interactions between deaf and hearing people. However, the study also examines social interactions of deaf people with other deaf people, and intersectionalities of oppression. Another focus is on identifying both positive and less adaptive ways that deaf people handle difficult social interactions. Deaf people age 18 and up are compared by generations, gender, and whether participants had sign language as their first language. The study involves an internet survey distributed to the United States and Canada, and email interviews with participants in the United States.  [Read more…]

Memorandum: 2018 Regional Advocacy Awards

Mobilize - Resistance through Action: 2018 Annual Conference on Independent Living. Graphic features an arrow striking a heart over the letters "IL" and a target that replaces the "o" in "Mobilize"Each year at the Annual Conference, NCIL recognizes individuals and / or organizations for outstanding advocacy efforts. NCIL encourages you to nominate someone in your region who you believe is deserving of this award. Please take a few minutes to complete the nomination form by Monday, May 7, 2018.

Purpose of the NCIL regional advocacy award: To recognize individuals or groups/organizations within each region for outstanding systems advocacy efforts consistent with independent living goals and philosophy at a national, state, or local level.

Eligibility for the regional advocacy award: The nominee does not have to be a member of NCIL. In the event that the winner is not a member of NCIL, upon receiving the award, he or she will receive a complimentary Individual Membership to NCIL for the remainder of the year.  [Read more…]