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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…]

One Week Left to Receive Early Bird Discount on Ads and Exhibits!

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 is rapidly approaching and ads and exhibits are rolling in! As a reminder, you can receive a 10% discount on ads and exhibits by reserving your ad or exhibit by April 6th. But hurry, exhibit spaces are filling fast!

Visit ncil.org/sponsor for complete details. Please email cara@ncil.org with any questions or concerns.

2018 Annual Conference Guide Now Available!

Invitation: Graphic features an envelope with the Conference Logo: Mobilize: Resistance through Action - 2018 Annual Conference on Independent Living - Conference GuideOpen our Annual Conference Guide to find everything you need to know about the 2018 Annual Conference. The Annual Conference Guide is available in PDF, Word, and plain text.

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

Visit our 2018 Annual Conference web page for:

  • Complete registration details
  • Hotel information and reservations links
  • Complete Conference agenda

New Discounted Accessible Guestrooms Available at the Marriott Metro Center!

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"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 21-27, 2018.

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 $254 per night (plus tax of 14.5%). Reservations must be made by July 2, 2018.

To make your reservations, use NCIL’s custom link or call the hotel at 202-737-2200. Please reference “NCIL Room Block” or “National Council on Independent Living” to receive the discounted rate for NCIL attendees.

Additional details are available on our conference webpage. See you in July!

Organizers Forum: Gun Violence and Disability Rights

Gun violence and gun control are big issues right now in the U.S. This call will explore how to talk about guns without stigmatizing disability, either in terms of mental health or people injured by gunshot wounds. Let’s also talk about why and how gun control advocacy fits with disability rights or disability justice.

Speakers:

Victoria Rodriguez-Roldan, Trans/GNC Justice Project Director and Disability Justice Project Director at the National LGBTQ Task Force, will talk about the Task Force’s work on “Addressing gun violence prevention using a racial, disability, and LGBTQ justice framework.”

Robyn Thomas, Executive Director of Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, will talk about what is happening today in gun control advocacy and why this is important for the disability community.  [Read more…]