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Conference Logo: Evolution of our Revolution - 2020 Annual Conference on Independent Living. Graphic features a speech bubble and heart icon.

July 20 – August 7, 2020

Virtual conference can be accessed worldwide!

NCIL’s 2020 Annual Conference theme is Evolution of our Revolution.

In the past 30 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Independent Living Movement and the disability rights movement have evolved. We have fought rollbacks that would gut the ADA and embraced changes to the law as new technology came out. We’ve passed the baton to new advocates as the ADA generation came of age.

But there’s still so much work to be done. We must continue to fight against attempts to gut the ADA and the Affordable Care Act. We must vote for political leaders who are committed to disability rights. We must mourn the thousands of disabled lives lost in the COVID-19 and continually guard against medical rationing and new attempts to warehouse people with disabilities in institutions during this pandemic. And we must recognize that the struggle for disability rights is inextricably intertwined with other systems of oppression and civil rights struggles. We must make our revolution accessible and welcoming to all.

NCIL’s Annual Conference is the largest Independent Living event of the year. NCIL’s conference regularly hosts over 1,000 people, including grassroots advocates, CIL and SILC leadership, members of Congress, government officials, and representatives from other major organizations that work for justice and equity for people with disabilities. And with NCIL’s first fully virtual Annual Conference, anyone can join from anywhere to advocate for disability rights and Independent Living.

We need advocates like you to lead the next thirty years. We need you to join us to show our power, make our voices heard in Congress, and share our message of independence and empowerment, a message that will continue for decades to come. This revolution is constantly evolving. We hope you’ll help us shape it through the next 30 years and beyond.

Your Partner in Disability Rights,

Kelly Buckland

Executive Director