• NCIL Anniversary Logo: Celebrating 40 Years
  • Judy Heumann and Marca Bristo pose for a photo together at NCIL’s Annual Conference on Independent Living
  • NCIL Member at the Capitol – Welcome to the Independent Living Movement
  • A person signs “Independence” in American Sign Language
  • A man with a disability exits the Light Rail in Phoenix, AZ
  • Justin Dart Parade Puppet
  • Banner – Injustice Anywhere Is a Threat to Justice Everywhere – MLK

A Message from Theo Braddy: The Greatest Motivator!

Hello. This is Theo Braddy, Executive Director of NCIL. Here is another message. I call it “The Greatest Motivator”.

My journey as a person with a disability begins with me living in a nursing home. In 1975, my mother was told it was my only option. We were very poor living in the Deep South, so I didn’t put up any resistance. At 15, I wanted more than just being in a back room in our little shack. Read more.

2024 Annual Conference Call for Workshop Proposals

Conference Logo: Black sans serif text says, “BACK TO THE FUTURE”. To the right, digital font in bright, bold orange says, “2024”. Underneath, [NCIL Logo: National Council on Independent Living] Annual Conference on Independent Living.

July 22-25 (Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC)

NCIL is excited to announce our 2024 Annual Conference on Independent Living! The theme of this year’s conference is Back to the Future. With this theme, we invite everyone to revisit our foundational values and look to a future that embraces disability justice – loving all bodies and leaving no one behind.

Read more: members.ncil.org/ncil2024/rfp

Accessing NCIL’s 2023 Conference Content Archive

The content from NCIL’s 2023 Annual Conference on Independent Living is available at the NCIL Member Center. Content includes video archives, transcripts, presentations, and handouts. This restricted content is limited only to NCIL members and 2023 conference attendees. Read more.

5 for 5 Campaign

5 for 5 Logo: Fund Centers for Independent Living - 500 Million; 5 Core Services

On February 13, NCIL launched our new advocacy campaign, 5 for 5! We are asking Congress for $500 million to support Independent Living Services. Visit 5for5campaign.com or reach out to [email protected] for more information.

Service and Oversight Resources

If you are seeking services, first contact your Center for Independent Living. CILs are advocacy organizations run by and for people with disabilities. They provide five “core” services:

  • Peer Support
  • Independent Living Skills Training
  • Information and Referral
  • Individual and Systems Advocacy
  • Transition to Community Life
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