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2019 Annual Conference on Independent Living: Call for Volunteers

Deadline: June 3, 2019

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!

The 2019 Annual Conference on Independent Living is scheduled for July 22-25 and volunteer opportunities begin on July 21. 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.

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Memorandum: 2019 Regional Advocacy Awards

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 May 10, 2019.

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.

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2019 Annual Conference Guide Now Available!

Open our Annual Conference Guide to find everything you need to know about the 2019 Annual Conference. The Annual Conference Guide is available in PDF, Word, and plain text.

All registrations received and paid before April 26, 2019 are eligible for the Early Bird registration rates.

Visit our 2019 Annual Conference web page for:

  • Complete registration details
  • Hotel information and reservations links
  • Complete Conference agenda
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Make Nominations for the NCIL Board of Directors by May 31, 2019!

Dear NCIL Members:

NCIL members have an opportunity to nominate an individual to run for each of the following positions on the NCIL Board:

If you or someone you know would be interested in running for the NCIL Board, please fill out the nomination form.

Please carefully review the position descriptions and memorandum, as it will help in considering potential nominees. Also, make sure to share these resources with the individual you are nominating so that they have a clear understanding of what will be expected should they be elected.

Nomination Deadline: May 31, 2019.

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New Discounted Accessible Guestrooms Available at the Marriott Metro Center!

New Discounted Accessible Guestrooms Available at the Marriott Metro Center!

A new block of discounted accessible guestrooms is now available at the Marriott Washington Metro Center: 775 12th Street NW / Washington, DC 20005. These rooms are available July 21-26, 2019.

Please Note:

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

The Marriott is one block from the Grand Hyatt. The rate is $259 per night (plus tax of 14.5%). Reservations must be made by June 24, 2019.

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Last Chance for Early Bird Discounts: Reserve Your Conference Program Ad or Exhibit Space before April 5th!

It’s hard to believe, but NCIL’s 2019 Annual Conference is rapidly approaching. If your organization would like to place an advertisement in the conference program book, or exhibit at the conference, don’t miss out! If you book before April 5th, you’ll receive 10% off your ad or exhibit space. As a reminder, NCIL member CILs, SILCs, and IL Associations receive an additional 10% off. That means members can save up to 20% on their ads and exhibits! (Please note that only NCIL member CILs, SILCs, and IL Associations are eligible for the member discount.)

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NCIL Mourns the Loss of Emet Tauber

It is with great sadness that we write to inform you about the passing of Emet Tauber. Emet was a Rabbi, activist, teacher, and friend to many. He was also a dedicated NCIL Board Member. Emet passed away on Monday evening surrounded by his friends and family. He was 24 years old.

Emet was a fierce disability rights and trans activist. He served in many roles in addition to his NCIL board position, including as a GLSEN National Advisory Council member. Emet was a teacher and a friend who over the course of his short life found countless ways to support and bring knowledge, joy, and hope to other queer and trans disabled people near and far. He continued to share his experiences with honesty and openness until the very end. Read a beautiful article about Emet published in January.

The disability community and NCIL have lost a wonderful friend and advocate. As Emet was a member of NCIL’s Board, his picture will be added to the Wall of Fame in NCIL’s office. Additionally, as we recently announced, this year we are introducing the Emet Tauber Youth Scholarship to our Annual Conference. Emet’s life was changed by the Youth Scholarship Fund and, as one of his final acts, he wanted to enable others to have the same opportunities as he did. Per Emet’s wishes, the Emet Tauber Youth Scholarship will be awarded each year to one national disabled youth who is also trans and/or Jewish in recognition of Emet’s activism within these communities.

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Organizers Forum: Women, Gender, Sexism, and the Disability Rights Movement

  • Tuesday, March 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

In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, the March Organizers Forum will be about women, gender and sexism in the disability community. We’ll talk about how to make disability spaces feminist spaces, how to address the leadership gap for women (and non-binary people) in the disability community, and intersectional feminism.

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Registration Now Open for NCIL’s 2019 Annual Conference!

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July 22-25, 2019; Grand Hyatt, Washington

Next week, NCIL will publish our Annual Conference Guide with complete details on this year’s Conference, but you can also find the information you need to plan your trip right now at

Visit our 2019 Annual Conference web page for:

  • Registration details
  • Hotel information and reservations links
  • Basic Conference Agenda

All registrations received and paid before April 26, 2019 are eligible for the Early Bird registration rates.

NCIL Mourns the Passing of Thaddius Launderville

It is with great sadness that we write to inform you that on Monday, March 4, 2019, Thaddius Lauderville passed away. Thad was married to Sarah Launderville, NCIL’s Vice President and Executive Director of the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL), for 23 years, and together they have three children. Thad passed away surrounded by his family.

Thad was treasured by so many and will be remembered as a thoughtful, creative, and loving man. He had a wide range of interests, hobbies, and jobs, and he was a devoted friend, husband, and father. His passing is a huge loss for all who knew him, and our thoughts are with the Laundervilles during this incredibly difficult time. Read more about Thad’s life.

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