Disability, Diversity, and Intersectionality in CILs: Making New Friends and Playing Well with Others (1.5 Hours)

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About the Training

The webinar will continue sharing the findings of the Disability, Diversity, and Intersectionality (DDI) in CILs study conducted by Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU). The study named nine centers for independent living, chosen from several dozen nominated by their peers, as making progress in how they are designing, implementing, and evaluating culturally and linguistically competent policies and practices to improve services, programs, and outreach.

Leaders at each of the nine CILs are quick to say that they do not consider themselves experts. They recognize that we’re all learning together—but they are eager to share what they have learned with other centers and to continue learning in return.

Meaningful and authentic relationships and collaborations across community demographics are essential to the lifeblood of every center for independent living. If we don’t know all of our peers with disabilities and how to effectively engage them in the center, we are not accomplishing our mission. But how do we establish and nurture relationships and collaborations with people from racial, ethnic, and cultural identities we’re unfamiliar with? Two of the CILs who are highlighted in the case studies will share their successes and challenges and the progress they’ve made to date.

To learn more about the Disability, Diversity, and Intersectionality in CILs project, check out the website

Target Audience

CIL board members, executive directors, program managers, and IL services and advocacy staff.

Learning Objectives

What You Will Learn:

  • Disability, diversity, and intersectionality (DDI) as a process requiring focused time and effort.
  • How to identify potential partners and collaborators who represent diverse communities, and social justice and civil rights organizations.
  • Strategies for effective coalition-building that enhance capacity of all partners.
  • Successful outreach strategies with DDI partners for engaging consumers, staff, potential board members, and volunteers in diverse communities.
  • Strategies for problem-solving when partners’ priorities are not in alignment.

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