IL NET The IL-NET is a national training and technical assistance project working to strengthen the independent living movement by supporting Centers & SILCs.

The IL-NET is operated by the Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL).

The IL-NET is operated by the Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL).

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REGISTER NOW!!!The 2021 Virtual Conference of the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) has been ...
10/08/2021
APRIL Virtual Conference 2021

REGISTER NOW!!!
The 2021 Virtual Conference of the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) has been extended till October 8, 2021. The APRIL Youth Conference will be Saturday October 16th, 2021 & October 18-22, 2021, the last session of each day, (4:30-5:30 Eastern). Register for the Conference @
https://www.april-rural.org/index.php/conferences/2021-conference/2021-virtual-conference-registration

Join us for the 2021 Virtual APRIL Conference October 18-22, 2021.

View the latest Awards from ACL for COVID-19 Research Grants at https://www.ilru.org/news/acl-awards-covid-19-research-g...
10/06/2021
ACL Awards COVID-19 Research Grants | Independent Living Research Utilization

View the latest Awards from ACL for COVID-19 Research Grants at https://www.ilru.org/news/acl-awards-covid-19-research-grants

As described in NIDILRR’s FY 2021 funding announcements for the FIP program, we originally intended to fund 15 FIP grants this year. Three of the five COVID-related projects described above were part of the highest-ranked fifteen FIP grants that emerged from the peer review process. The ongoing CO...

Improving equitable access to vaccines is a vital step toward helping people with disabilities protect themselves from t...
10/06/2021
USAging

Improving equitable access to vaccines is a vital step toward helping people with disabilities protect themselves from the most severe impacts of COVID-19. To support people with disabilities during the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) launched the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL), with the support of ILRU and other partners from within the disability community. DIAL, a first-of-its-kind national call center, supports people with disabilities and their families who are seeking information, assistance and resources that can help them make informed decisions about and receive access to COVID-19 vaccines that are available in their communities. DIAL is a much-needed resource that people with disabilities can use to stay healthy during the pandemic. When needed, DIAL can also refer people with disabilities to state and/or local information and programs for additional supportive services that promote independent living, including inquiries related to home care, food, housing, transportation, and a need for advocacy or peer counseling that may arise due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Callers can connect with Information Specialists -- in any languag at 888-677-1199 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET, Monday-Friday, email [email protected] for assistance, or visit the website at https://www.usaging.org/dialconnect.

Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL)                                            USAging’s Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, assists people with disa...

The 2021 Virtual Conference of the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) has been extended till O...
10/05/2021
APRIL Virtual Conference 2021

The 2021 Virtual Conference of the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) has been extended till October 8, 2021. The APRIL Youth Conference will be Saturday October 16th, 2021 & October 18-22, 2021, the last session of each day, (4:30-5:30 Eastern). Register Today @

https://www.april-rural.org/index.php/conferences/2021-conference/2021-virtual-conference-registration

Join us for the 2021 Virtual APRIL Conference October 18-22, 2021.

Application Deadline Extended for Vaccine Access Funding for Eligible Centers for Independent Living at https://www.ilru...
10/05/2021
Application Deadline Extended for Vaccine Access Funding for Eligible Centers for Independent Living | Independent Living Research Utilization

Application Deadline Extended for Vaccine Access Funding for Eligible Centers for Independent Living at https://www.ilru.org/news/application-deadline-extended-for-vaccine-access-funding-for-eligible-centers-for-independent-0

Kimberly Tissot of Able South Carolina and Richard Petty of ILRU in Houston announced today the Disability Vaccine Access Opportunities Center (DVAO Center) is extending the application deadline to October 15 at 12:00 Noon Eastern Time for applications for grant-based funding to support vacci...

Able South Carolina and ILRU in Houston are excited to announce the Disability Vaccine Access Opportunities Center (DVAO...
10/05/2021
Able South Carolina and ILRU at TIRR Memorial Hermann Announce the Disability Vaccine Access Opportunities Center (DVAO Center) - AbleSC

Able South Carolina and ILRU in Houston are excited to announce the Disability Vaccine Access Opportunities Center (DVAO Center), a national center that will further vaccination access for people with disabilities. Able SC is the prime recipient of a National CDC Foundation Grant to fund this project, and ILRU is the principal contractor.

The DVAO Center will support local disability-run centers for independent living to assist people with disabilities to have full access to the vaccines that fight COVID-19.

“We are excited to support centers for independent living across the nation as they further vaccination access for people with disabilities,” said Kimberly Tissot, President and CEO of Able South Carolina. “Advocacy and informed decision making are cornerstones of the independent living approach practiced by Centers for Independent Living (CILs), which makes CILs the best qualified community-based organizations to assist people with disabilities to secure vaccinations.”

Learn more about this amazing grant win for Able SC & ILRU here:
http://ow.ly/V8Uc50Ghsy0

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA and HOUSTON, TEXAS – September 23, 2021. Kimberly Tissot of Able South Carolina and Richard Petty of ILRU in Houston announce today the Disability Vaccine Access Opportunities Center…

Photos from Judy Heumann's post
10/01/2021

Photos from Judy Heumann's post

10/01/2021

In our October issue we are celebrating 75 years of United Spinal Association.

Membership, programs, policy and history – these four key elements shaped United Spinal into the premier nonprofit organization for the SCI/D community. We’ve devoted a section to each component and filled them with stories, posts, and infographics in our attempt to cram 75 years of accomplishments and service into one issue.

We hope you enjoy it!

Available now: https://newmobility.com

Read digitally: https://newmobility.unitedspinal.org/NM_Oct_21/viewer/desktop/

10/01/2021
301 Moved Permanently

Join @theUSAging’s @engAGEDCenter and the Aging and Disability Business Institute on 10/20 at 1:00 PM ET for a webinar focused on opportunities for contracting between CBOs and health plans to address social isolation. Register now: https://bit.ly/3EzvSny.

09/30/2021

UPDATE- Deadline to apply has been extended to Oct. 15. See link for more!

Able South Carolina and ILRU in Houston are excited to announce the Disability Vaccine Access Opportunities Center (DVAO Center), a national center that will further vaccination access for people with disabilities. Able SC is the prime recipient of a National CDC Foundation Grant to fund this project, and ILRU is the principal contractor.

The DVAO Center will support local disability-run centers for independent living to assist people with disabilities to have full access to the vaccines that fight COVID-19.

“We are excited to support centers for independent living across the nation as they further vaccination access for people with disabilities,” said Kimberly Tissot, President and CEO of Able South Carolina. “Advocacy and informed decision making are cornerstones of the independent living approach practiced by Centers for Independent Living (CILs), which makes CILs the best qualified community-based organizations to assist people with disabilities to secure vaccinations.”

Learn more about this amazing grant win for Able SC & ILRU here:
http://ow.ly/V8Uc50Ghsy0

#VaccineAccess #DisabilityAccess

[Graphic illustration with light blue background, framed by 4 corners in light green and yellow. Dark blue text in the center reads 'National CDC Foundation Grand Award.' Illustrations of people are featured in each corner. Top left corner has a woman with brown skin in a hijab wearing a prosthetic leg. Top right corner has a person with white skin signing with their hands. Bottom right corner has a person with dark brown skin in a wheelchair. Bottom left corner has a person with long hair and brown skin in a mask, gloves, and lab coat waiting to administer a vaccine.]

Disability Vaccine Access Opportunities Center (DVAO Center) Announces Vaccine Access Funding for Eligible Centers for I...
09/29/2021
Disability Vaccine Access Opportunities Center (DVAO Center) Announces Vaccine Access Funding for Eligible Centers for Independent Living | Independent Living Research Utilization

Disability Vaccine Access Opportunities Center (DVAO Center) Announces Vaccine Access Funding for Eligible Centers for Independent Living.

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA and HOUSTON, TEXAS – September 28, 2021. Kimberly Tissot of Able South Carolina and Richard Petty of ILRU in Houston announce today the Disability Vaccine Access Opportunities Center (DVAO Center), a national center that will further vaccination access for people with disabilities. The prime recipient of the grant for this project is Able South Carolina, which as a center for independent living is a consumer directed organization. ILRU, an organization managed and operated by people with disabilities, is the principal partner and contractor. The DVAO Center will support local disability-run centers for independent living to assist people with disabilities to have full access to the vaccines that fight COVID-19. Funding for this effort is provided by the CDC Foundation of Atlanta, Ga.

Visit the website for complete information @
https://www.ilru.org/news/disability-vaccine-access-opportunities-center-dvao-center-announces-vaccine-access-funding-for

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA and HOUSTON, TEXAS – September 28, 2021. Kimberly Tissot of Able South Carolina and Richard Petty of ILRU in Houston announce today the Disability Vaccine Access Opportunities Center (DVAO Center), a national center that will further vaccination access for people with disa...

Marilyn Golden 1954 - 2021
09/23/2021
Marilyn Golden 1954 - 2021

Marilyn Golden 1954 - 2021

"One hopes that the changes in law and policy we worked on at DREDF will be something the disability community can build on." Marilyn Golden, answering the question, "What would you like your legacy to be?" in a 2002 interview

09/23/2021

A new Success Story from the Aging and Disability Business Institute at @theUSAging highlights how @pimacouncilonaging used process mapping to manage data and workflows while increasing staff engagement and improving service delivery. Read it now: https://bit.ly/3jUxqAq.

DIAL is the only national call center that is dedicated to supporting people with disabilities and their families on iss...
09/22/2021
Disability Information and Access Line | ACL Administration for Community Living

DIAL is the only national call center that is dedicated to supporting people with disabilities and their families on issues related to COVID-19 and services that promote independent living and address fundamental needs. Call 888-677-1199 or visit acl.gov/DIAL to find out more.

Help with COVID-19 vaccinations for people with disabilities Call 888-677-1199 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern) - or - email [email protected] The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is now available to help people with disabilities get vaccinated. The DIAL's trained staff is stand...

COVID-19 Is Exposing The Caregiving Crisis, Leaving Disabled People And Their Families Desperate
09/22/2021
COVID-19 Is Exposing The Caregiving Crisis, Leaving Disabled People And Their Families Desperate

COVID-19 Is Exposing The Caregiving Crisis, Leaving Disabled People And Their Families Desperate

For the last 50 years, people with developmental disabilities have had the right to live the same kind of lives as people without disabilities. But when the pandemic hit, this support system fell apart, leaving many families desperate for help. And it exposed a caregiving crisis that is only expecte...

09/22/2021

Recently, Newsweek published an article on service and emotional support animals. The article introduces “15 animals other than dogs that can be trained as service animals or to fulfill emotional needs,” but doesn’t clearly differentiate which animals are service animals and which are emotional support animals.

It is important to remember that dogs (and under certain provisions, miniature horses) are the only animals covered as service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Not all animals that individuals with a disability rely on meet the definition of a service animal for purposes of ADA. While service animals and emotional support animals both do important jobs, it’s necessary to understand and be clear about the differences between the two. Visit our Service Animal Resource Hub page to learn more about the differences: https://adata.org/service-animal-resource-hub/differences

#ADA #ServiceAnimal #EmotionalSupportAnimal

On Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET, the Administration for Community Living (ACL), in partnershi...
09/22/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Emergency Rental Assistance Program: Tools to Assist the People You Serve. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

On Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET, the Administration for Community Living (ACL), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will host a webinar to provide the tools and information you need to help the people you serve to learn more about and apply for Emergency Rental Assistance resources. Register now at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XHxeM-CBRra6JaAbQqa-Rg

Are you serving people at risk of eviction or who have been evicted? Are you working with landlords whose tenants are behind on rent as a result of COVID-19? Do you serve people facing housing instability or economic hardships? If you answered, “yes,” to any of those questions, then this webinar...

09/16/2021
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1333 Moursund Street
Houston, TX
77030

General information

The IL-NET is a national project that provides a continuum of information, training and technical assistance for centers for independent living. The CIL-NET assists centers to operate effective organizations; to fulfill their role as community advocates and change agents; and to develop strong, consumer-responsive services. A companion project, the SILC-NET, serves Statewide Independent Living Councils.

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(713) 520-0232

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Technical Assistance, Training and Intensive Support for Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs).

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Great article and great source for non-profit management in general.
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Lets discuss the reporting and compliance roles of the partners in your state's Independent Living Network.
Recap on DSE's administrative fees.
Interesting approach!
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A few more details from the FAQ on Uniform guidance.
As part of a national network, your CIL may get some new referrals...