The Role of Individual Advocacy for CILs & SILCs

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About the training

The IL-NET National Training & Technical Assistance (T&TA) Center operated by ILRU in collaboration with NCIL, APRIL, and the University of Montana Rural Institute and RTC: Rural, supports CILs and SILCs in building capacity to run strong, effective disability-led organizations.

Individual advocacy is an opportunity to empower consumers to build skills, use their voice, and work toward the achievement of their Independent Living goals. A key part of successful individual advocacy is consumer direction and engagement at every stage. Orientation and training strategies that focus on consumer engagement can support IL staff in understanding their role when it comes to Individual Advocacy. Consumer engagement can also be used as a meaningful mechanism to empower and drive consumer control of systems change efforts.rvice. Consumer engagement and empowerment is also a mechanism for consumer control in systems change efforts.

What you will learn:

  • Training strategies for Independent Living staff and consumers on individual advocacy
  • Examples of consumer engagement in individual advocacy
  • How individual advocacy can lead to systems change

Target Audience

Staff of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs)


  • Mark Dixon, Advocate, Virginia

  • Sarah Goldman, Director of Administration and Youth Initiatives, Florida Statewide Independent Living Council; Advocate

  • Tami Hoar, Executive Director, Summit Independent Living

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