Welcome to the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)
APRIL Who We Are:
The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) is a national grassroots, nonprofit membership organization consisting of over 260 members from centers for independent living, their satellites and branch offices, statewide independent living councils, other organizations and individuals concerned with the independent living issues of people with disabilities living in rural America.
APRIL provides leadership and resources on rural independent living. As a national membership organization, APRIL is dedicated to advancing the rights and responsibilities of people with disabilities in rural America by serving as a center of resources and by leading systems change.
APRIL Statement on Diversity:
The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) is a membership organization dedicated to advancing the rights of people with disabilities living in rural America. We strive to cultivate a culture of inclusivity throughout our organization which reflects that of our membership. We believe that diversity is an asset to be valued and respected. APRIL recognizes the uniqueness of each individual and uplifts the characteristics and intersectionality of characteristics within the human experience.
Comment on Solidarity:
Communities have cried out and demanded justice for George Floyd and black Americans murdered before him (Ahmad Arbery, Brianna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless more), as well as demanding dramatic change to prevent another needless death at the hands of police brutality and white supremacy. APRIL has heard this cry and we, as an organization, condemn the police violence and racism that has led to this moment. We are in solidarity with the Black community and demand justice for all the victims of police violence across the nation. We know that Black lives matter and we support social justice initiatives led by communities of color to help eradicate systemic racism.
Build Back Better information
The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living strongly supports President Biden’s Build Back Better framework which lays out substantial investments in Child Care, Home and Community Based Services, Medicare Expansion, access to Broadband, Transit and significant investments in addressing our Climate Crisis.
Investments to Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) will have an immediate impact on the lives of people with disabilities in this country. Nearly 1 Million people with disabilities are currently on Medicaid waiting lists, waiting for essential in home services. The Build Back Better framework will permanently improve Medicaid coverage for these services. This is a transformative investment.
Access to Broadband in Rural America is imperative to bridge the communication gap that currently exists. During the COVID pandemic as schools moved to remote learning, lack of access to quality Broadband in Rural America was exposed and our children bore the brunt of this inequity.
The largest and most comprehensive investment to affordable housing will ensure that people with disabilities have access to affordable, accessible housing. Together, with the investments to HCBS, will ensure that people with disabilities can live independently in the home of their choice and not risk being institutionalized in a congregate setting. They will be able to live with dignity and have access to the supports needed to live independently.
APRIL strongly urges the United States Senate to move swiftly to pass this transformative framework and bring critical lifesaving supports to Americans that are long overdue. Our climate cannot wait any longer for immediate action. This Build Back Better framework has the ability to begin to steer the entire planet in the right direction with serious investments to combat the climate crisis. We must meet this moment. NOW is the time!
See the documents below for more information.
What We Do:
APRIL is the united voice of Rural Independent Living.
Upcoming Events to add to your calendar:
1st Tuesday of the month at 2:00pm EST
1st Thursday of the month at 3:00pm EST
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3rd Wednesday of the month at 1:00pm EST
4th Monday of the month at 5:00pm EST
Bi-monthly on the 2nd Wednesday at 2:00pm EST
Some of the highlights of our work include:
*This letter is for public use in relocating individuals from congregate settings in these COVID unprecedented times.
COVID-19 online group support recordings
If you would like to learn more about the work that we do please visit our Annual Reports.
You can also contact us:
Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living
11324 Arcade Drive, Suite 9
Little Rock, AR 72212