Stronger Together: Connecting Grassroots and National advocacy efforts
The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is a membership organization primarily consisting of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and State Independent Living Councils (SILCs). NCIL promotes a national advocacy agenda on the federal level. Two of NCILs priorities are the “five for five” campaign asking congress for $500-million for the independent living program to support the 5 core services CILs provide, expanding home and community based services, and ending the institutional bias.
NCIL relies on its members to hear about grassroots issues CILs and consumers are facing. The whole independent living network needs to come together to protect and strengthen the independent living movement. Join us for a conversation about NCIL’s national advocacy priorities and how you and your center can get involved.
Date and time: Wednesday, November 8, 1-2:00 p.m.
Jessica Podesva: Director of Advocacy and Public Policy: NCIL
Mary-Kate Wells: Program Director: NCIL
Aaron Baier: Region 2 Representative: NCIL
Special Introduction by Lindsay Miller: Executive Director: NY Association on Independent Living
The Medicaid Buy-in Program for Working People with Disabilities and Upcoming Changes
What is the Medicaid Buy-in Program for Working People with Disabilities (MBI-WPD)? How do people apply for the program? What are the requirements for folks to receive MBI-WPD? Join us on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 to learn more about MBI-WPD and how this resource helps people with disabilities to obtain and retain employment.
Greg Otten, Healthcare Advocate: Center for the Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY)
Mariah Sepulveda, New York City Transition Specialist Liaison: NY Association on Independent Living (NYAIL).
Date and time: Wednesday, October 11, 1-2:30 p.m.
An Overview and Updates to Restraint and Seclusion Legislation
Join us on Thursday, August 10 to learn more about the issue of restraint and seclusion. During the 2023 legislative session the Keeping NY Students Safe Act was introduced limiting restraint and banning seclusion. The bill also mandates schools report incidents of restraint to the NYS Education Department. Laura Marks, Staff Attorney with Disability Rights NY will discuss the importance of this legislation and how advocates can support the bill.
Date and time: Thursday, August 10: 1:00-2:00 p.m.