Getting on Board: Training for Boards of Directors in Independent Living Online Course

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About the Training

Participants will be able to discuss the roles and responsibilities of boards of directors, recognize and address conflicts that may arise between IL philosophy and services, and analyze the impact of funding sources on day-to-day activities.

Student Orientation

February 20 & 22, 2018

Course Level

Introductory to Intermediate

Target Audience

This course will be particularly relevant to members of boards of directors and administrative staff of all CILs. It may also be of benefit to SILCs that have nonprofit status.

Course Objectives

Participants will learn

  • roles and responsibilities of a CIL board of directors
  • steps in the planning process
  • ways a board guides a nonprofit organization
  • steps in hiring an executive director and in cultivating leaders
  • basic fiscal responsibilities of board members
  • how to recognize and address conflicts that may arise between IL philosophy and services
  • steps for evaluating the CIL’s performance and progress.


Participants will read assignments in the online course manual, complete exercises assigned by the instructor, and interact daily with the instructor and other students in an online discussion forum. Participants can access the course Web site at any time of the day or night. This can be done from any computer with an Internet connection. Participants should plan on spending 1-2 hours each day reading assignments, completing course work and participating in the discussion.


Anne Weeks is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mountain State Centers for Independent Living and the fundraising arm of the Center, the Foundation for Independent Living. She has been involved with the Center since its beginning. Ms. Weeks has been involved in the disability community for 35 years and served twice as the Chairperson of the WVSILC.

Additional Information on Taking an Online Course

Pay online and complete registration

Pay by check by contacting ILRU directly at or 713.520.0232