Monday October 12, 2020 Day 1


9:30-11:00 am Pacific, 12:30-2:00 PM Eastern


Welcome Ceremonies


Welcome from the Executive Director and Board Chair: Scott Burlingame and Billy Altom


Thank you to our Executive Sponsors, Anthem and Centene and our in kind donors, Arizona SILC


What to Expect from the online conference


Welcome from the Youth Committee, Mels Felton and Fanisee Bias


Updates about APRIL


Welcome and Blessing from John Bird (and honoring Indigenous People’s Day)


Updates from the Administration on Community Living



11:15-12:15 Pacific Time, 2:15-3:15 PM Eastern


The Doorway to Helping Rural Veterans

Jen Morgan and Rob Ferris


IL Among the Generations:

Joan LaBelle,



12:30 PM- 1:30 PM Pacific time, 3:30-4:30 Eastern


Disability, Racism, Respectability:

Ken Mitchell,


Peer Support for Youth: Facilitated by Youth Steering Committee:


Young people with disabilities, join this meeting to get to know other young people from across the country and hear about their strengths and struggles while sharing yours.  With community, we are stronger! Come start building your community.


1:45-2:45 PM Pacific, 4:45-5:45 PM Eastern


Membership Meeting: Elect new members, hear APRIL updates, vote on By-Laws changes


Tuesday, October 13, 2020


9:00-10:00 am Pacific, 12:00pm- 1:00 pm Eastern


Dear CILs: Here's what to expect from your SILC and Other Messy Stuff

Kathy Cooper and Ami Hyten


ADA Complaint Process for Transportation: Tips for Riders and CILs:

Ken Thompson



10:30 am-11:30 am Pacific, 1:30 pm-2:30 pm Eastern


Facilitating groups & online workshop delivery:

Tannis Hargrove,



Outreach in BARs - Building Authentic Relationships:

Mel Leviton, Christine Pisani



12:00 pm-1:00 pm Pacific, 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm Eastern


Keynote Session: Building the Next Generation of IL

Dustin Gibson, Fanisee Bias, Sarah Martinez


As we move forward as a movement, its important to think about how we are building the next generation of Independent Living.  How are we ensuring that we are elevating and including all voices such as those from multiply marginalized backgrounds, young people, and those who are new to Independent Living.  What can we be doing to engage a new generation of leaders? How do we support them, and ensure that as a movement we are continually growing and challenging ourselves? Join our amazing mix of panelists as they share their thoughts while hopefully sparking yours to think about Beyond 2020.


1:30 pm-2:30 pm Pacific, 4:30 pm-5:30 pm Eastern


SILCS: Know your Regs:

Kathy Cooper


Peer Support Session Executive Directors

With community, we are stronger! Come start building your community. Executive Directors, join this meeting to socialize with other Eds. Bring your questions and you updates on what you are working on currently.


Youth Conference: Disability and Intersectionality



5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Pacific 8:00-9:00 PM Eastern


Social Hour: Come to greet old friends or meet new ones.  We will have two zoom rooms open with ability for breakouts if you want to invite your friends and meet them virtually here. Cart and Interpreters will be provided until 6 pm Pacific (9 pm Eastern)



Wednesday, October 14, 2020

9:00-10:00 am Pacific, 12:00pm- 1:00 pm Eastern


Blurred Lines - Redefine Your Lane:

Shelly Simmons, Kimberly Conner


Audio Description? What's Up with This:

Rebecca Williams, Rene Cummins


10:30-11:30 am Pacific, 1:30-2:30 pm Eastern


Reaching and Serving the Youngest Youth:

Paige Maxwell,


Mental Health Emergency Planning in Rural Communities:

Kathy Baker



12:00-1:00 pm Pacific, 3:00-4:00 pm Eastern

Building a community coalition "Us Protecting Us":

Ken Mitchell,


Colorado CIL Network Resource Development

Joan LaBelle, Peter Pike, Ian Engle, Sarah Hansen



1:30-2:30 Pacific, 4:30-5:30 Eastern


An Overview of Supports and Tools for Facilitating an Effective Webinar:

Barbara Schoen


Peer Support for IL Staff: Join us in this meeting (your camera and mic will be nice to have!) to share ideas and what you are doing and ask questions to others working with consumers. You might ask about nursing home transition, advocacy issues, COVID related issues, getting consumers online etc. With Community We are Stronger!



Youth Conference: Let’s Talk IL:


Thursday, October 15th, 2020


9:00-10:00am Pacific, 12:00pm-1:00pm Eastern


Collaboration VR, Education, CILs



Getting out the Jitters: Interviews

Katrina Parsons



10:30-11:30am Pacific 1:30pm-2:30pm Eastern

AT for Independence at Mealtimes and Medication Management:


Danny Housley


Movin' Out? Thinking About Getting a Place of My Own:

Rebecca Williams, Rene Cummins



12:00-1:00pm Pacific, 3:00-4:00pm Eastern


Strategies for Rural Outreach and Networking:

Rayna Sage,




Peer Session Youth Coordinators Connect

Sierra Royster



1:30-2:30pm Pacific, 4:30-5:30pm Eastern


Making Connections, Saving Lives Before, During, and After Disasters:

Jim House,


Peer Support Session SILC Board Members:



Youth Conference- Leadership


4:00-5:00 PM Pacific 7:00-8:00 Eastern


Singalong with Mr. Billy Altom- Join us for an APRIL Tradition, turn on your microphones and cameras if you like, bring your favorite beverage, and join Billy in our traditional night before closing sing-along.  Captions and interpreters provided.


Friday, October 16, 2020

9:00-10:00am Pacific 12:00pm-1:00pm Eastern

Reach for the Gold Standard in CIL Operations




Expanding Your Consumer Base Using Technology and Online Tools:

Tannis Hargrove, Partners for HCL CILs



10:30-11:30am Pacific, 1:30pm-2:30pm Eastern


Nursing Facility Evacuation, Relocation & Transition during a Pandemic

Roads to Freedom CIL Panel


Misty Dion, CEO, Roads to Freedom CIL and President of the PA Council on Independent Living


Jodie Baney, RN, Director of Programs & Services, Roads to Freedom CIL


Shaylin Sluzalis & German Parodi Co-Executive Directors, the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies


Marcie Roth, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, the World Institute on Disability



Flexing Our Muscles - Exercising Our Authorities

Jeremy Morris, Sandra Breitengross Bitter



12:00-1:00pm Pacific 3:00-4:00pm Eastern


Social Media Outreach Starts with a Plan


Peer Support Meeting (Program Managers/AD)


Youth Conference Closing -Peer Advocate Panel





1:15-2:45pm Pacific 4:15-5:00 Eastern


Closing Ceremonies

Linda Gonzales Award, Early Walden Award


Address Information:
11324 Arcade Drive, Suite 9
Little Rock, AR 72212

Phone Contact:
Phone: 501-753-3400
FAX: 501-753-3406