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Leading Statewide Strategic Planning

SILC-NET Presents… A National Teleconference & Webinar

IL-NET Logo - CIL-NET + SILC-NETOctober 7, 2014; 3:00-4:30 p.m. Eastern

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

Strong, effective SILCs are leaders in statewide strategic planning. While the SPIL is a strategic plan to advance independent living in the state, it does not constitute a strategic plan for the SILC as an organization. With pending changes and new allowable activities for SILCs in the transition to the new Independent Living Administration, it’s an important time for SILCs to develop their own strategic plan to strengthen the organization, the SPIL and the IL community in the state. Join us on this national teleconference and webinar to learn why it’s important to have a SILC strategic plan. Our presenters will share concrete ways to develop your strategic plan, including tips for planning in light of the transition to the Independent Living Administration at HHS. 

Target Audience:

  • SILC Chairs and Executive Directors, and any SILC Committee members responsible for strategic planning and/or SPIL development.

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 webcast.

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

  • Differentiate between a SILC strategic planning process and SPIL development
  • Describe effective strategic planning that supports inclusion in all processes and full accessibility of meetings and materials
  • Describe effective processes for collecting and synthesizing input and setting priorities
  • Describe strategies that will engage, support, and follow up with stakeholders to ensure successful implementation of the strategic plan

Meet Your Presenters

Ann McDaniel is the Executive Director of the West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC). She has both a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Ann has worked in the independent living and advocacy field since 1985, beginning with eleven years at the Mountain State Centers for Independent Living in Huntington, WV. Under her direction, the SILC has sponsored, organized, and conducted seven West Virginia Disability Caucuses since 1997 and the WV Youth Disability Caucus in 2005.

Brad Williams earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from SUNY Albany in 1984 and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Russell Sage College in 1990.

Brad Williams has been the Executive Director of the New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) for the past fifteen years. Previously, he was Executive Director of a CIL for almost ten years in the Southern Adirondacks. Brad helped with others to shape the direction of the Statewide Systems Advocacy Network (SSAN) and directed the network during its formative years. As it transitioned to the state association, he continued to push hard on the voting access issue, engaging in a wide variety of efforts to move the NYSBOE toward increased compliance with HAVA and polling place and voting machine access for New Yorkers with disabilities.

Brad has provided support to the council to issue several reports and surveys on a wide variety of topics. He has developed SILC best practices for member recruitment and orientation along with SPIL formulation and public input strategies, presenting on them at conferences. During the past SPIL cycle, he worked with consultant Alan Krieger to develop a SPIL monitoring and evaluation process that engages the SILC. Brad is a consultant with both the SILC-NET and APRIL.

PRESENTED BY CIL-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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