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Liberation to Leadership: The Role of CILs in Transforming Communities

CIL-NET Presents… A Brand-New National Onsite Training

September 15-17, 2015; Berkeley, California

IL-NET Logo - CIL-NET + SILC-NETLiberation to Leadership – Deadline Extended: Register by Tuesday, September 1!

Centers for Independent Living are in the business of facilitating empowerment for people with disabilities. Empowerment leads to full community participation and citizenship. Authentic citizenship leads to leadership and valued community roles, which impact systems, organizations, and the lives of others.

Join us in Berkeley, California this September to learn how you can develop a process to empower and educate your consumers to seek and thrive in leadership positions. You’ll learn directly from advocates and staff at different Centers how to best support consumers as you teach them about ableism and its intersection with other forms of structural oppression; how to move beyond internalized ableism and embrace disability pride and self-advocacy; and a proven model for helping consumers move into leadership positions, like community organizing and joining local boards, committees, and councils. 

Registration is only $150 and includes a tour of the Ed Roberts Campus! Don’t miss this exciting opportunity. Sign-up Today!

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

Registration Fee: $150.00

Learning Objectives

By the end of this training, participants will learn:

  • A process for empowerment.
  • How self-advocacy builds internal power.
  • The critical role of consumer-controlled goal setting.
  • The connection between ableism, racism, ageism, sexism, and other isms.
  • How inclusion of ALL people more completely allows liberation of people with disabilities.
  • How CILs can use the work of the Disability Justice movement to expand inclusion.
  • How to create opportunities for authentic leadership.
  • The roles people with disabilities can play on boards and committees, as spokespersons, and fully integrated community leaders and participants.
  • How to teach people to be effective participants on boards, committees, and councils.
  • The essential role of youth in a CIL’s leadership development efforts.
  • How to connect the dots between becoming empowered and participating as fully in the community as one chooses.
  • Ways to assist individuals to move from self-advocacy to systems advocacy.

Target Audience

This training will provide a framework for supporting consumer empowerment, broadening the scope of the IL definition of inclusion, creating opportunities for authentic leadership, and facilitating consumers’ movement from liberation to leadership. Executive Directors, Program Managers, IL Specialists, other staff, and board members at centers interested in empowerment and leadership development would benefit most from this training.


Doubletree by Hilton Berkeley Marina

200 Marina Boulevard
Berkeley, CA 94710

  • Front Desk: 510-548-7920
  • Reservations: 800-559-4655

Hotel accommodations are at the Doubletree by Hilton Berkeley Marina. For reservations, please call the hotel at 1.800.559.4655.

Rate: $189.00/night/single or double, plus applicable taxes. Mention IL-NET Training when making your reservation to receive the discounted group rate. Because the hotel’s registration deadline has passed, they may or may not honor our group rate.

Meet Your Presenters

  • Sheri Burns is the Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center.
  • Michael Galvan is the Program Manager of Community Resources for Independent Living.
  • Robert Hand is the Executive Director of Resources for Independence Central Valley in Fresno, CA.
  • Amina Donna Kruck is Vice President of Advocacy Programs at Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL).
  • Paula McElwee is the Technical Assistance Coordinator for the IL-NET project at ILRU.
  • Stacey Milbern is the Accommodations Management Consultant at Wells Fargo.
  • Dolores Tejada is the Community Organizer at the Community Resources for Independent Living.

Daily Schedule

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

8:00 a.m.: Registration

  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Training Day

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Training Day

Thursday, September 17, 2015

  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Training Day
  • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Tour of the Ed Roberts Campus

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).


  1. Tammy Lowery says:

    I just want to stay in the loop re: this forum, as I will be unable to attend the session.
    Thank you.

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