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NCIL Partners with Administration for Community Living to Expand Disability and Aging Partnerships

NCIL is excited to announce our continuing partnership with the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to promote and expand disability and aging partnerships. Collaboration is essential if people with disabilities and the aging are to acquire needed services. Cooperation between disability and aging organizations should be nourished and supported by all agencies committed to successful community alliances. Since CILs and aging service providers provide complimentary services, and given the current economic climate, it is more important than ever to efficiently utilize existing resources while avoiding duplication of services and ensuring sustainability. In an effort to understand and develop more substantial relationships with the aging community, NCIL recognizes the need to educate Centers and give them the tools they need to succeed.

Through this project, NCIL will consult with many of its member CILs to develop practices that will improve collaboration with the aging community. There are still many CILs that have not participated in discussions to this end. NCIL is most interested in engaging these untapped resources and providing outreach to an even broader target base while ensuring sustainability of existing collaborative efforts. 

This year NCIL will host two ADRC presentations at the NCIL Conference July 23 – 27, 2013, in Washington, DC. NCIL will also host a teleconference on promising practices within the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) / No Wrong Door systems. This call aims to share ideas and learn from one another’s challenges and successes. A date for the teleconference will be advertised after the NCIL conference. Additional ADRC partnership articles and meetings will take place throughout the year via the Weekly Advocacy Monitor and NCIL’s ADRC Task Force. These events and other action items will be announced through the Weekly Advocacy Monitor, social media, and by partnering organizations.

If you would like to get involved and contribute to the disability and aging discussion, please contact NCIL’s ADRC Task Force Co-Chairs, Mary Margaret Moore (mmmoore@ilcnsca.org) and Julia Sain (juliasain@disability-rights.org) for more information or to join the Task Force. Please remember to renew or get your NCIL membership started to have a say and participate in this national movement.

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