IL-NET First Biennial IL Institute: A Deep Dive into Consumer Control and Leadership (7 Hours)

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About the training                     

This training will address how CILs can be successful in encouraging and supporting the development of leaders with disabilities as board, staff, and advocates in Centers for Independent Living, in the disability rights movement, and in community, state, and national roles. The vital relationship between leadership and consumer control and its impact on CIL operations will be explored. In this first-of-its-kind learning experience for CILs presenters will explore the importance of consumer control that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive, and how it impacts leadership development and guides community-led efforts. 

Target Audience

  • Board members, executive directors, assistant directors, program managers, and staff of Centers for Independent Living, and individuals with disabilities.
  • Also welcome are members and staff of Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), leaders of state independent living services (ILS) programs, designated state entities (DSEs), public officials, researchers, and other practitioners. 

Learning Objectives – You Will be Able to: 

  • Understand the IL Model and how CILs can address the discriminatory practices and inequities it reveals
  • Describe the essential ways that CILs differ from other nonprofit organizations
  • Explain how CILs can continuously nurture disability leadership and maintain consumer control
  • Recognize how CILs can become diverse, inclusive, and welcoming to members of previously unserved and underserved groups
  • Specify how consumer control informs how an entire CIL is operated 

Video/Training Materials/Resources

Below are links to the recorded sessions, the PowerPoint presentations, and text transcript of the presentations. To view individual presentations, follow the links below. For the Playback View with ASL in each session, click the box with three circles in the bottom right-hand side of the recording screen then choose Gallery view.

Session One: How Consumer Control and Disability, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Advance Leadership of People with Disabilities

Session Two: Consumer Control - Our Foundation for the Past and Future - Part I 

Session Three: Consumer Control - Our Foundation for the Past and Future - Part II 

Session Four: Future of IL - Diversity in CILs and Leadership

Session Five: Developing Leaders through Diverse and Inclusive Consumer-Directed Youth Leadership Opportunities 

Session Six: Leadership Beyond the CIL