September 27 & 28, 2023
This month, ACL will host a webinar series about the past, present, and future of independent living, as we commemorate 50 years since the signing of the Rehab Act, which created both the Independent Living Services and Centers for Independent Living (CIL) programs and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).
Part 1: Origins, Evolution, & Current Day
Wednesday, September 27, 3:30 PM ET
Register for Part 1
Key leaders involved in the passage and initial implementation of the Act will share their personal stories and insights. From the advocacy that helped make it happen to the law’s impact on the disability community and greater society, this 90-minute panel will discuss barriers, successes, and lessons to help inform future collaboration and coalition-building.
Part 2: Our Future — Youth and Young Adult Engagement and Involvement in Disability Advocacy
Thursday, September 28, 4:00 PM ET
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Envision the future of the independent living movement by understanding the next generation of youth and young leaders and how their voices and experiences are shaping its future. An ACL grantee will share key aspects of efforts to support youth and young adults with disabilities from marginalized communities to be engaged with CILs. The 90-minute event will include young leaders, as well as CIL staff as panel members.
In case you missed it…
Throughout September, partners across the federal government and in the disability community are marking the anniversary of the Rehab Act with events, articles, and more to explore where we have been, where we are now, and where we are going next. ACL has created a webpage to share information — be sure to check it often!