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Call for Presenters:
NCIL 2010 Annual Conference on Independent Living
20 Years of the ADA: The Fight Goes On!
July 19th-22th, 2010;
Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C.
Submit a Workshop Proposal

Please share your ideas and experiences with others in the Independent Living Movement at the NCIL 2010 Annual Conference, "20 Years of the ADA: The Fight Goes On!"

In the two decades since President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law on July 26, 1990, we have seen access and attitudes improve exponentially. However, as a community, we remain painfully aware of the significant work that remains to be done. Successes like the Olmstead Decision have been dampened by a lack of action or urgency by Federal and State Governments. The promises of equal opportunity in hiring and employment have been decimated by a skeptical judiciary. Substantial increases in accessible housing and transportation are mitigated by the fact that nationwide, the lack of these vital resources remains the largest barrier to independence for people with disabilities. In the context of balance between success and continuing challenges, we will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

There will be plenty of celebration at the 2010 Annual Conference on Independent Living, so we ask that workshop proposals acknowledge the work that remains. In addition to the following topic suggestions on the ADA and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, we always value workshops for new advocates and attendees that offer basic and historical information on the Independent Living Movement, Centers for Independent Living, Statewide Independent Living Councils, advocacy, systems change and non-profit management.

Workshop Ideas: Successes and failures in one of the five Titles of the ADA; New regulations and provisions of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008; and topics for new IL staff, such as:

  • " IL History & Philosophy;
  • " CIL / SILC Management;
  • " Advocacy and Systems Change;
  • " Reauthorization of WIA / Rehabilitation Act;
  • " The Independent Living Administration; or
  • " Reform of Healthcare and Long Term Services & Supports

Deadline for Submission is Monday, January 15, 2010. No proposals will be accepted after 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

All proposals must be submitted electronically to be compatible with screen-reading software. If you are unable to submit your proposal electronically, please contact to make alternate arrangements

PLEASE NOTE: We are returning to the Grand Hyatt Hotel again this year. NCIL's block of sleeping rooms will open in late February 2010. Watch for your registration brochure with more details, coming in February!

This Call for Presenters is the only request for speakers, group facilitators, or poster presentations that will be issued.

Submitted by NCIL Staff

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