Disability, Diversity, and Intersectionality in CILs

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Atlanta, GA
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About the Training

CILs are always striving to reach unserved and underserved populations and to better represent the vibrant, racial, ethnic, linguistic, and multi-cultural communities that we serve.  If you would like effective, practical information on how to accomplish this at your CIL, then you simply cannot afford to miss this training! 

At our core, Centers for Independent Living are community-based, civil rights organizations.  Sure, we focus on the core services of Independent Living, but disability rights are civil rights, and the Independent Living Movement shares similarities and a siblinghood with other civil rights movements.  We have a strong enough foundation in human rights to expand our celebration and inclusion of people with disabilities from other marginalized communities and identities in our organizations. 

As Centers for Independent Living, we all believe in “Nothing About Us, Without Us!”  We should abide by the same rules when it comes to including, serving, and being led by all of the diverse people with disabilities in our communities.  We must engage in thoughtful conversations, strategic partnerships, proactive outreach, and organizational shifts to ensure that our organizations are reaching, serving, and welcoming to people with disabilities of all backgrounds in our communities.  This is not only relevant to our consumers, but to ensure that our staff, decision-making staff, board members, volunteers, and community leaders represent those same backgrounds and life experiences.  

Join us in Atlanta this August to learn from the Executive Directors of seven CILs, as well as other IL leaders that excel in this work, how they’ve created organizations that welcome and represent the broad communities that they serve. 


The registration fee is $150.00, and includes course materials and lunch. Register Online Today For registration assistance, please contact NCIL directly at 202.207.0334. The registration deadline is August 2, 2019.

Target Audience

Center for Independent Living staff, especially administrators, program managers, and advocates; it may also be of benefit to CIL board members, and staff and members of Statewide Independent Living Councils.

Learning Objectives

You will learn:  

  • The definition of intersectionality, and relationship to people with disabilities, IL/Disability Rights Movements, and CILs.
  • How the concept of intersectionality addresses all identities of individuals with disabilities—including diverse disabilities, race, ethnicity, language, cultural norms, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, and socioeconomic status.
  • What CILs can do to convey a welcoming atmosphere to all people, across a diverse range of identities and groups.
  • Ways to engage and connect to diverse consumers in rural/remote areas.
  • The importance of organizational policies, procedures, and practices to create a necessary framework in achieving DDI.
  • Strategies for recruiting, hiring, and supporting diverse staff that represent your community.
  • Steps to recruit diverse board members and engage them in supporting DDI. 
  • The definition of micro-aggressions and aversive “isms,” and how to handle microagressive behavior. 
  • How to identify potential partners and collaborators who represent racial, ethnic, cultural, civil rights, and social justice communities. 
  • Strategies for effective coalition-building that enhance capacity of all partners.

Brief Schedule of Events

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019   
9:00 a.m. Training Begins  
12:00 p.m. Working Lunch (provided)  
4:30 p.m. Evening Recess

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019  
9:00 a.m. Training Begins  
12:00 p.m. Working Lunch (provided)  
4:30 p.m. Evening Recess

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019  
9:00 a.m. Training Begins
12:00 p.m. Training Ends


Embassy Suites Atlanta Centennial Olympic Park Hotel   
267 Marietta St NW  
Atlanta, GA 30313  
Front Desk: (404) 223-2300 
Reservations: 1-800-HILTONS

Reduced Rate for IL-NET Attendees:

$159.00/night (single / double occupancy), plus applicable taxes. 

  • This outstanding rate includes:
    • Spacious two-room suite;
    • Full, Signature, cooked-to-order breakfast in Ruth’s Chris Steak House, overlooking the park;
    • Evening reception serving your favorite beverages, refreshments and snacks in the hotel’s atrium lobby; and,
    • WiFi in your guestroom and throughout the hotel.

Reserve Your Guestroom today:

  • Book online via our Personalized Group Web Page. 
  • Call Central Reservations at 1-800-HILTONS and referring to the IL-NET 2019 group rate. 
    • Guestroom reservation deadline is July 29, 2019.