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National Council on Independent Living 2014 Annual Report

Dear Advocates and Friends,

In 2014, NCIL led the campaign to pass the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act, which will revolutionize America’s Independent Living Program. NCIL members drafted legislation, met with legislators, marched to the Capitol, and did the hard work, on the ground, to bring Independent Living to its full potential. Thanks to you, our dream of an Independent Living Administration is now becoming reality.

The 2015 Annual Report cover image features an artistic rendering of Senator Tom Harkin. The image is comprised of the words of his 2014 farewell speech on the floor of the US Senate2015 will be another critical year for our Movement as we develop the infrastructure to implement consumer control at the national level. For that reason, I ask that you become a NCIL Member. Your direct participation in the national Independent Living Movement is critical for its success. Together, we are an unstoppable force for change.

With your help, we will eradicate the dehumanizing practice of subminimum wages for people with disabilities. We will end the institutional bias once and for all, so that every person can claim their lawful right to independence and agency in their communities. In Washington and in every state, Independent Living advocates will work on every front until we achieve a world in which people with disabilities are truly valued equally and participate fully.

NCIL continues to provide first class member benefits, including training and technical assistance, insurance benefits, and a world-class Annual Conference. Most importantly, NCIL provides its members with representation on Capitol Hill, ensuring that our voices are heard by those with the power to enact our priorities. I hope you will join us as we build a future of independence for all.

Sincerely,

Kelly Buckland, Executive Director

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