2019 Annual Conference Agenda

Sunday, July 21

NCIL Board Meeting: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

NCIL Board meetings are open to the public. If you plan to attend and require an accommodation, please contact tim@ncil.org.

Registration Open: 12:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Sessions: 2:00 – 5:30 p.m.

The Pre-Conference is an opportunity to focus on pressing advocacy issues. Registration for the Pre-Conference is included with full Conference registration. The topics for this year’s Pre-Conference Sessions will be announced shortly.

Monday, July 22

Registration Open: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Opening Plenary: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Join us for an opening keynote address to kick off a week of movement-building and advocacy! Complete details will be available in the Conference Program. Don’t miss this exciting 2019 Annual Conference opener!

Legislative & Advocacy Update: 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Get up-to-date information on the progress of NCIL’s advocacy efforts from Chairs of NCIL’s Legislative & Advocacy Subcommittees. The Chairs will review and answer questions about NCIL’s advocacy talking points so participants are fully prepared for their Congressional visits on Tuesday.

Preparing for the Day on the Hill: 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Learn the ABCs of NCIL’s March & Rally, including where to meet, what to bring, important information about our route, what to do in case of an emergency, and how to get back to the hotel after your Capitol Hill Visits.

Concurrent Workshops I: 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

  • DIA Today: A Better Way 
  • Queer Disabled Justice 
  • Advocacy and Organizing: Using These Tools to Create Power and Change
  • Running for Office 101 
  • REAADI in Disasters: Igniting Community and Political Power to Save Disabled Lives in Disasters

Regional Caucuses: Regions VI through X: 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.; Regions I through V: 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

This is your opportunity to strategize for your Capitol Hill Visits. Each state decides who will attend which meeting to ensure that every legislator is visited. Please note the separate times listed for Regions I – V and VI – X. A list of Regions by state is available at www.ncil.org/regions.

Diversity Reception: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The Diversity Committee will present awards to NCIL members who have committed themselves to centering people of color, LGBTQIA, young people, and other communities underrepresented in IL. Light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available, accompanied by a cash-bar.

Tuesday, July 23

March & Rally at the U.S. Capitol: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This annual tradition is your opportunity to take grassroots advocacy to the streets! Participants will march from the Grand Hyatt to Capitol Hill carrying signs and chanting for disability rights. Then, marchers will converge in front of the Capitol for an empowering rally. Complementary Do-It-Yourself Sign Kits will be provided to Conference registrants.

Capitol Hill Visits: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The key to a successful Hill Visit is planning! It is very important that meetings with legislators are scheduled 4-6 weeks in advance. Contact the legislator’s Appointment Secretary / Scheduler to schedule a meeting for the afternoon of July 23 (after 1:00 p.m.). Explain your purpose and who you represent. It will be easier for Congressional staff to arrange a meeting if they know what you wish to discuss. Direct requests for interpreters and other accommodations to Congressional staff.

Wednesday, July 24

Registration and Exhibits Open: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Concurrent Workshops II: 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

  • Taking it to the Streets – How to Mobilize Your CIL
  • Partners in the IL Network: Roles & Responsibilities
  • How to Go From Being the Best Kept Secret to the Best Known!
  • Advocacy – It’s Not Just A Reaction 
  • Fueling Business Acumen: How CILs are Securing Contracts with Health Plans and Payers

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Parenting Without Pity – Empowering the Next Generation: 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.

  • Ignite Our Political Power Track
  • Presented by: Emily Ladau and Anna Zivarts   
  • Appropriate for all audiences and knowledge levels.  

How many of us raised in isolation from other disabled people wish we could have built connections with the disability community earlier in our lives? What if we could change that for the next generation? In this session, you will hear from disabled parents and children within the disability community and view a new storytelling resource for disabled parents to educate parents of disabled children. This presentation will share insights into how we can create ties between disabled and non-disabled parents to share resources, discuss identity, and create a greater positive community of support and belonging for kids with disabilities. Participants will come out of the screening and panel discussion empowered to build relationships between disabled parents, and with parents of disabled children. Please note: this event is scheduled concurrently with the Exhibit Fair.

Film Screening and Roundtable Discussion: Ignite the Global IL Network! How to Best Disseminate IL Philosophy Locally and Globally: 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Ignite the IL Network Track
  • Presented by: Kozo Hirashita and Bruce Darling
  • Appropriate for all audiences and knowledge levels.

This workshop will contain a film screening (Japanese documentary about transition from institutions to the community) followed by a roundtable discussion among both US and Japanese advocates. Presenters and participants will discuss how the IL Movement impacts our lives and how we could best disseminate our practices across borders, race, gender, etc. Sharing promising practices around the world will become a trigger to further “ignite” our global IL network! Please note: this event is scheduled concurrently with the Exhibit Fair.

Exhibit Fair: 10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Spend some time browsing the products and services offered by our exhibitors, many of which are your fellow NCIL members. The NCIL Conference would not be possible without the generous support of our exhibitors and sponsors. Exhibits will be open all day Wednesday and Thursday.

Awards Luncheon: 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Join us to celebrate and honor this year’s national award winners! Awards will be presented over lunch. Admission to this event is included in full Conference registration.

Annual Council Meeting: 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Attend the Annual Council Meeting to vote for Governing Board members and resolutions that will guide NCIL in the coming years. This year, elections will be held for: President, Treasurer, and three Members-At-Large. Elections for Representatives of Regions I, III, V, VII, and IX will be held prior to the Annual Conference and the winners will be announced at the meeting. CILs and SILCs must pay their 2019 dues in full by June 24 (30 days prior) to be eligible to vote in person or by proxy.

Closing Social and Piss on Pity Film Screening: 7:30 – 11:00 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the 2019 Annual Conference on Independent Living. Come ready to join your fellow advocates in merriment and don’t forget your dancing shoes! Light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available free of charge, accompanied by a cash bar.

This year, we will premier Piss on Pity: We Will Ride from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., during NCIL’s Closing Social. This film documents the origins and early history of ADAPT. Through civil disobedience and political savvy, ADAPT has fought discrimination and segregation for over 35 years, playing major, if little-known, roles in key U.S. laws and policies, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Money Follows the Person. Piss on Pity: We Will Ride covers ADAPT’s roots beginning with the liberation of people with disabilities from nursing homes to the fight for accessible transportation. With over 40 interviews, never-before-seen footage and stunning images from Tom Olin, Piss on Pity: We Will Ride gives voice to activists, old and new, who are on the front-lines of disability rights history.

Thursday, July 25

Registration and Exhibits Open: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Concurrent Workshops III: 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

  • Centene Corporation and NCIL Address Gaps in Disability Access – An Award-Winning Idea
  • SILC Mentorship that Leads to Successful Engagement
  • Using the Minimum Data Set (MDS) to Fuel System Change           
  • Reproductive Justice as Part of Independent Living
  • Chronic Pain and the Opioid Crisis 102: Mobilizing for Chronic Pain and Substance Use Disorder Advocacy In Your Community

Concurrent Workshops IV: 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

  • Housing: How Screwed Are We? And What Can We Do About It? 
  • One Voice, One Vision: Raising the Bar for Statewide Collaboration 
  • Improving Independent Living Services to Alaska Natives       
  • How to Strengthen the IL Network in Your State
  • Difficult Conversations: How the #LiveOn Campaign Challenges Ableism and Confronts Suicide in the Disability Community

Concurrent Workshops V: 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

  • Intersections in Healthcare Accessibility and Business Acumen
  • Building A Strong Board of Directors
  • Moving Out: Preparing and Empowering Young Adults in Transition 
  • Unheard Screams (Human Trafficking) 
  • Acting B-A-D: A Patient Advocacy Strategy

Legislative Debriefing: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

This session will summarize the advocacy accomplished during the week and serve as a springboard for the development of a plan of action that can be implemented at the national, state, and local levels during the coming year.

Film Screening Double Feature – The Invalid Corps and Union: 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

  • Ignite Our Political Power Track   
  • Presented by Day Al-Mohamed and Julia Myers Neill
  • Appropriate for all audiences and knowledge levels.  

This is a double-feature of two 30 minute films: The Invalid Corps and Union, and each film will be followed by a brief Q&A session. The Invalid Corps is a documentary and Union is a narrative film. Both are set in the Civil War and revolve around Invalid Corps and disability during the 1860s. There is not a significant amount of scholarship on this area and is a history that has not been widely explored or shared among the disability community. Civil War historians and disability studies academics are only just beginning to scratch the surface of this time period and of the actions of these men. Their stories shouldn’t just be relegated to journals and classroom texts. This is disability history that belongs to everyone. Please note: this event is scheduled concurrently with the Legislative Debriefing.

Closing Plenary: 4:15 – 5:00 p.m.

Invited guests will deliver a closing keynote on pressing advocacy issues important to the NCIL membership and energize the crowd before we return home and prepare to make change.

Friday, July 26

NCIL Board Meeting: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

NCIL Board meetings are open to the public. If you plan to attend either of these events and require an accommodation, please contact tim@ncil.org.