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Process for SPIL Formulation Under WIOA

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

September 10, 2015; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

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

How will WIOA affect your SPIL development? If you aren’t sure, you’ll want to join us in September for the latest on the relevant pieces of WIOA and proven strategies for developing a logical, organized SPIL. The State Plan for Independent Living is a critical piece of the SILC’s duties. But the SILC simply cannot develop the SPIL alone. Our presenters will share their processes for developing timelines, gaining input, and identifying priorities to create a strong, effective SPIL.

This training isn’t just for SILCs. Given the new enhanced role of CILs in the SPIL process and the nature of the topic, CILs are encouraged to participate as well!

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. 

Target Audience:

  • SILC Directors, Board Members, and others interested in SPIL planning and development.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the legal framework for the development and submission of the SPIL, including changes under WIOA
  • Describe the benefits of a logical, organized, and systematic approach to preparing the SPIL
  • Identify significant steps, milestones, and deadlines in SPIL development for maximum results
  • Describe effective practices in SPIL planning and development as shared by SILC directors from the states of West Virginia and New York

About the Presenters

Ann McDaniel, Executive Director, West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council

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.

Ann has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) since 2005. She is a member of the WV Olmstead Council, WV Money Follows the Person Advisory Council, WV Medicaid MCO Stakeholders, AARP WV Foundation benefits grant Advisory Council, WV Medley Hartley Advocacy Project Advisory Council, WV Legislative Advisory Committee on Health Maintenance Tasks, WV ADRC Advisory Council, and the Fair Shake Network.

Ann has served as a mentor to the SILCs in Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. She has provided national, state, regional, and local training on the history and philosophy of independent living, the roles and functions of SILCs, strategic planning, measuring consumer satisfaction, the legislative process, advocacy, parliamentary procedure, the Rehabilitation Act, disability awareness and sensitivity, and a variety of other disability and independent living topics.

Brad Williams, Executive Director, New York Statewide Independent Living Council

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.

Recently, the SILC utilized data from its statewide needs assessment to engage the Governor about an initiative like the NGA’s “Better Bottom Line” to address the low employment and high poverty rates of New Yorkers with disabilities. Eventually joined in a collaborative effort with the IL State Association and advocates, it led to Governor Cuomo issuing Executive Order # 136, a cross-disability Employment First initiative with the goal to increase employment and decrease poverty for New Yorkers with disabilities by 5%.

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 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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