Being Invited In: Understanding and Respecting Native Disability Culture

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About the training

This training will help participants gain an increased understanding of Native Americans with disabilities living in Indian Country and learn best practices for outreach and service delivery. Panelists from a multi-year ACL-funded Native American Independent Living Demonstration grant will share their experiences providing independent living services in Indian Country. They will discuss the following:

  • Key issues tribal communities are facing around disability;  
  • Barriers and best practices to collaboration;
  • Impacts to community-led efforts; and
  • How participants can partner to strengthen work with tribal communities.

Target Audience

Executive directors and staff for CILs and SILCs, UCEDDs, Protection & Advocacy Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, the disability community, tribal communities, and anyone interested in strengthening relationships with tribal communities.


  • Hoskie Benally, Community and Government Liaison, Native American Disability Law Center; Member, National Council on Disability
  • Adam Brown, Executive Director, Disability Services and Legal Center 
  • Janelle Friday, IL Coordinator, My Village
  • Joan O'Keefe, Executive Director, Southeast Alaska Independent Living, Inc.
  • Julie Shaw, Executive Director, Superior Alliance For Independent Living
  • Jillian Nyberg, Executive Director, indiGO
  • Kimball Gray, Program Analyst, Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

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