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Conducting Successful Virtual Meetings: Getting Started with Technology Considerations

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

August 10, 2016; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

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

IL-NET Logo - CIL-NET + SILC-NETAttending in-person meetings can be a real challenge for some people with disabilities. Whether the issue is access or distance, technology can be an effective solution to boost participation and even recruitment for your CIL Board or SILC Council.

So how do you do it? Join us in August to learn how two SILCs have successfully enabled SILC members to participate virtually. If you have concerns about cost, web access, and tech savvy – they’ve been there. You’ll learn what to expect, common pitfalls and solutions, and what you’ll need to get started in your state.

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.

Target Audience:

  • SILC staff and Council members and CIL staff and board members interested in learning about effective, accessible, and affordable technology for conducting virtual meetings

Learning Objectives

After completing this webinar, you will have tools and resources that will enable you to:

  • Explain the concept of virtual meetings including benefits and challenges.
  • Identify platform, technology, and equipment options and features that best fit your organization’s needs and improve the conference room virtual meeting experience.
  • Identify strategies to overcome common pitfalls with conducting virtual meetings.
  • Describe an informed decision-making process and strategies for implementing virtual meetings through case studies and examples.

Meet Your Presenters

Pat Chambers is the Executive Director of Heartland Independent Living Center in Owensville, Missouri and has been in the IL Movement since 1998. Pat has served on the Missouri SILC since 2008, including service as Chair and Vice-Chair. Pat has also chaired the Council’s Emergency Management Committee since 2008 and also chaired the Council’s Training Committee for six years, organizing and implementing the Missouri SILC’s Independent Living Summit conferences in 2009, 2011 and 2013. Additionally, Pat has served as the volunteer facilitator of Missouri’s monthly E.D. Roundtable meetings for the past two years. He is very active in emergency preparedness for the disabled community. He is an initial member of Missouri’s recently implemented Functional Assessment Support Team. Pat was honored as the Nevada, Missouri “Citizen of the Year” in 2008. Pat joined the IL Movement after a 27 year career in radio broadcasting.

Allan Cummings has been working in the telecommunications field for the last 25 years. He started with AT&T Long Distance Communications, and then moved onto the State of Wyoming where he has been working with the Unified Network team in the Department of Enterprise Technology Services for the last 6 years. Allan is one of two senior video principles for the State of Wyoming and has taken on a lead role with the rollout of Google Hangouts as the new supported initiative for video conferencing for the many agencies within the State of Wyoming that have the need to this type of service.

Stephanie Jensen has been working with independent living since she earned her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Utah State University in 2008. She began at the Idaho SILC working on a Medicaid Infrastructure Grant. She currently manages the Independent Living programs for the Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, where she has been for the past five years. She is the Vocational Rehabilitation representative on the SILC and is the liaison between the SILC and VR. She has assisted the SILC with virtual meetings, which has been beneficial due the frontier nature of Wyoming and its unpredictable weather. She worked with the SILC to use Google Hangouts for the meetings when the State first made the change.

Presented by CIL-NET and SILC-NET: A program 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) and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL).

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