Disability-Led and Consumer-Driven Systems Advocacy (1.5 Hours)

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About the training

The Independent Living Movement was founded on disability-led and consumer-driven systems advocacy. However, some Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are struggling to provide this core service. This conversation was with System Change Advocates doing disability-led and consumer-driven systems advocacy at Centers for Independent Living and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs). 

What you will learn

  • Why is systems advocacy important to the Independent Living Network
  • Strategies for disability-led and consumer-controlled systems advocacy
  • Strategies for consumer engagement and consumer control

Target Audience

Staff and Board members of Centers for Independent Living(CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), and Designated State Entities (DSEs)


  • Rosalie Eisenreich, Strategic Initiatives Director, Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living
  • Felix Jordan, Community Organizer, Boston Center for Independent Living
  • Edward Mitchell, Director, Tennessee SILC
  • Jessica Podesva, J.D., Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, National Council on Independent Living

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