IL NET The IL-NET is a national training and technical assistance project working to strengthen the independent living movement by supporting Centers & SILCs.
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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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04/08/2021
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Check out the Internet Safety Guide For Seniors @ https://vpnsmash.com/seniors/ . The guide has super-helpful information and tips for seniors on how to safely and securely use the internet.

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04/08/2021
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Mark your calendars! Our partner @engAGEDCenter’s upcoming webinar will take place on 4/19 at 1:00 PM ET and will focus on how libraries can serve as a key partner for the #AgingNetwork in helping #OlderAdults stay connected to their communities. https://bit.ly/2PzeLgJ

Checklist for an Accessible Virtual Meeting & PresentationUse this checklist to make sure your virtual meetings and pres...
04/08/2021
Checklist for an Accessible Virtual Meeting & Presentation

Checklist for an Accessible Virtual Meeting & Presentation
Use this checklist to make sure your virtual meetings and presentations are accessible. You’ll want to begin by familiarizing yourself with the "How-to" of creating an accessible online event. PEAT suggest reviewing these articles to begin: - 7 Steps to Make Your Virtual Presentations Accessible - How to Pick an Accessible Virtual Meeting Platform Once you have a sense of the process, you can use this checklist to make sure your virtual meetings and presentations are accessible.
Visit the PEAT website @ https://www.peatworks.org/checklist-for-an-accessible-virtual-meeting-presentation/

Use this checklist to make sure your virtual meetings and presentations are accessible. You’ll want to begin by familiarizing yourself with the "How-to" of creating an accessible online event. Start by reviewing these articles: 7 Steps to Make Your Virtual Presentations Accessible How to Pick an A...

04/07/2021
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

APRIL & U of Kansas present...Ready or Not, Here We Come Virtual World!

Date & Time: April 14th, 2021; 2:00-3:00pm EST (1:00-2:00pm CST, 12:00-1:00pm MST, 11:00am-12:00pm PST)

Online programming has been a hot topic for years, even prior to the pandemic. Whereas online programming and participation used to be voluntary for many community members, it is now a necessity. Let’s dive into online programming and your organization. Tell us a little about the kinds of programming your organization had online before the pandemic.

What does your online programs look like now with many folks social distancing at home?
How has the idea or definition of participating in the community changed or morphed in social environments?
How have we interacted in those environments and changed to meet the demands of living in the pandemic?

Join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87110926573
Meeting ID: 871 1092 6573

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04/06/2021
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In honor of National Library Week, our partner @engAGEDCenter is hosting a webinar on 4/19 at 1:00 PM ET focused on how the Aging Network can work with libraries to promote social engagement opportunities for older adults. Register now: https://bit.ly/2PzeLgJ.

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04/05/2021
Ready or Not, Here We Come Virtual World! | Independent Living Research Utilization

Join us for Ready or Not, Here We Come Virtual World on 04/14 @ https://www.ilru.org/training/ready-or-not-here-we-come-virtual-world

Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) with the support of the University of Kansas will be hosting free meetings this year to learn more about how your Center for Independent Living is serving people with disabilities in your communities.  We will talk about how our organizat...

Visit ACL's COVID-19 Resources: for Latest Updates at acl.gov/
04/02/2021
Home Page | ACL Administration for Community Living

Visit ACL's COVID-19 Resources: for Latest Updates at acl.gov/

The Administration for Community Living was created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people of all ages with disabilities should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities.

04/01/2021
National Survey on Health and Disability (NSHD)

Take the National Survey on Health and Disability

What are YOUR experiences this year?
Has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your health care needs?
Do you have all the supports you need to live independently in your community?


Everyone is welcome to take the 2021 NSHD - those who completed the NSHD in the past it is especially important to our research that you take it again this year - a lot has changed in the past year.



We believe that the only way to change policies and reduce this high level of unmet health care needs for people with disabilities and/or chronic health conditions is to ask people like you directly about your experiences. And if you choose, you can enter a drawing to win one of 15 $100 gift cards!





Please SHARE the survey link with others too, http://tinyurl.com/NSHD2021. Share on social media, in groups you belong, anyone you think may be interested. The survey is for anyone 18 years and older with a disability and/or chronic health condition.





Thank you for your continued participation in our research,

Noelle K. Kurth, NSHD Administrator at the University of Kansas Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies (IHDPS)

Jean P. Hall, Principal Investigator University of Kansas

Jae Kennedy, Principal Investigator Washington State University





For more information and to learn more about what is being done with NSHD data go to:

ihdps.ku.edu/nshd

www.chril.org

Email: [email protected]

National Survey on Health and Disability (NSHD)

03/31/2021

Vaccine Barriers for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

Older adults are more likely to have a severe illness, be hospitalized, or die from COVID-19; adults 65 and older account for 8 out of every 10 COVID-19 related deaths.
People with disabilities also often are at increased risk; in fact, a recent study found that intellectual disability is the greatest risk factor after age. Many people with disabilities have additional conditions that are associated with severe illness due to COVID-19, and many others are at increased risk because they live in group settings, require close contact with direct service providers who help with activities of daily living, and/or have difficulty complying with mitigation protocols.

Although vaccination is particularly important for these populations, many people with disabilities and older adults have difficulty:

Finding information about their eligibility and where to go for the vaccine. Approximately one in four older adults does not have a computer or internet service to find information about how to get vaccinated and how to schedule appointments. Many live alone and do not have family who can help them.
Scheduling appointments.
Obtaining accessible transportation.
Navigating mass vaccination sites.
In addition, about one in five older adults and many people with disabilities may be unable to easily leave their homes and require either in-home vaccination or other specialized arrangements to receive the vaccine.

Read more:

HHS Press Release: HHS to Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Older Adults and People with Disabilities
White House Fact Sheet, March 29: President Biden Announces 90% of the Adult U.S. Population will be Eligible for Vaccination and 90% will have a Vaccination Site Within 5 Miles of Home by April 19
· National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness

ACL’s COVID-19 web page
CDC vaccine information for older adults and people with disabilities

Checklist for an Accessible Virtual MeetingUse this checklist to make sure your virtual meetings and presentations are a...
03/31/2021
Checklist for an Accessible Virtual Meeting & Presentation

Checklist for an Accessible Virtual Meeting

Use this checklist to make sure your virtual meetings and presentations are accessible. You’ll want to begin by familiarizing yourself with the "How-to" of creating an accessible online event. PEAT suggest reviewing these articles to begin: - 7 Steps to Make Your Virtual Presentations Accessible - How to Pick an Accessible Virtual Meeting Platform Once you have a sense of the process, you can use this checklist to make sure your virtual meetings and presentations are accessible.
Visit the PEAT website for complete information @ https://www.peatworks.org/checklist-for-an-accessible-virtual-meeting-presentation/

Use this checklist to make sure your virtual meetings and presentations are accessible. You’ll want to begin by familiarizing yourself with the "How-to" of creating an accessible online event. Start by reviewing these articles: 7 Steps to Make Your Virtual Presentations Accessible How to Pick an A...

ACL's COVID-19 Resources: Updates @ acl.gov/
03/30/2021
Home Page | ACL Administration for Community Living

ACL's COVID-19 Resources: Updates @ acl.gov/

The Administration for Community Living was created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people of all ages with disabilities should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities.

AUCD - Plain Language Advisory Group
03/30/2021
AUCD - Plain Language Advisory Group

AUCD - Plain Language Advisory Group

In 2020, the UCEDD Resource Center created a Plain Language Advisory Group. The group met to help the UCEDD Resource Center think about plain language and create plain language adaptations of resources. We want to share with the network about the importance of plain language and some lessons we lear...

ADA National Network
03/30/2021

ADA National Network

"Undue hardship" is a term frequently used in discussions about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Undue hardship is defined as an "action requiring significant difficulty or expense" when considered in light of a number of factors.

Find out about these factors and how undue hardship is determined here: www.adata.org/faq/what-considered-undue-hardship-reasonable-accommodation

#ADA #Legal #Disability

Adventures in Accessibility | Rocky Mountain ADA
03/29/2021
Adventures in Accessibility | Rocky Mountain ADA

Adventures in Accessibility | Rocky Mountain ADA

Americans living with disabilities are often faced with obstacles when it comes to accessibility. These obstacles can lead to adventures and misadventures alike. Twice per month, an esteemed guest will share their story with the Rocky Mountain ADA Center. Whether you want to learn about how to make....

03/29/2021

Partnership with CDC to Increase Access to COVID-19 Vaccines CDC and ACL will provide nearly $100 million in grants to help older adults and people with disabilities get vaccines

This afternoon, President Biden announced several actions to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, including an exciting partnership between ACL and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase vaccine access for people with disabilities and older adults.

Because they are significantly more likely to have a severe illness, be hospitalized, or die from COVID-19, vaccination is critical for older adults and many people with disabilities. However, even if they meet their state’s criteria to receive the vaccine, many face significant barriers to getting vaccinated. With funding from CDC, ACL will issue nearly $100 million in grants to the aging and disability networks to provide critical services to help overcome those barriers.

Throughout the pandemic, ACL has advocated alongside the aging and disability networks and advocates, and with partners across HHS and the federal government, to ensure equal access to care for older adults and people with disabilities. We are excited to partner with CDC to make vaccines equally accessible, as well.

These grants will provide assistance with scheduling vaccine appointments, transportation to vaccine sites, direct support services needed to attend vaccine appointments, connection to in-home vaccination options, and education about the importance of receiving the vaccine to older adults and people with disabilities. In addition, these grants will enable the aging and disability networks to identify people who are unable to independently travel to vaccination sites and to provide technical assistance to local health departments on improving access to vaccines for people with disabilities and older adults.

Approximately $5 million will fund national hotlines to connect older adults and people with disabilities with local disability and aging agencies that can assist with vaccine registration and provide services and supports necessary to get the vaccine. This funding will increase the capacity of the Eldercare Locator, a nationwide service funded by ACL that connects older Americans and their caregivers with trustworthy local support resources. It also will leverage the infrastructure of the Eldercare Locator to provide, for the first time, a similar service for people with disabilities.

An additional $93 million will be distributed as follows:

State Units on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging ($50 million)
Aging and Disability Resource Centers (S26 million)
Centers for Independent Living that receive federal funding directly from ACL. ($5 million)
University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities ($4 million)
Protection and Advocacy systems ($4 million)
State Councils on Developmental Disabilities ($4 million)
This partnership was established to further the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness, which includes protecting those most at risk and advancing equity as one of its goals.

March 26, 2021Good afternoon, colleagues,I've had the opportunity to connect with the IL network via the Office of Indep...
03/29/2021
Home Page | ACL Administration for Community Living

March 26, 2021
Good afternoon, colleagues,

I've had the opportunity to connect with the IL network via the Office of Independent Living's (OILP) recent Quarterly Connection and have worked directly with many of you during my time as director of Central Iowa Center for Independent Living but, for those who are not familiar with me, allow me to introduce myself: I'm Reyma and I've had the absolute privilege to serve at ACL as the Commissioner for the Administration on Disabilities (AoD), which houses OILP, since my appointment to the role on January 20th of this year. As the very first grantee from the IL network to serve as Commissioner of AoD, I'm thrilled at the prospect of using my experience and my passion for IL philosophy to join you in supporting and advancing IL across the US in the interest of ensuring that every individual with a disability have the opportunity to participate in the Core Services that CILs provide.

A lot has happened at AoD during my brief tenure and I appreciate this opportunity to share a few important status updates with you:

After nearly ten years of service to IL at the federal level, Corinna Stiles, OILP Director, will transition to a new role with the Department of Education. Today is Corinna's last day and we at ACL wish her the absolute best as she begins a new chapter in her career!
Effective tomorrow, I will assume the role of Acting OILP Director until an open and transparent candidate selection process results in the retention and onboarding of a permanent OILP Director. Please stay tuned for an announcement regarding that vacancy and apply if you have the desire to serve and meet the qualifications listed.
The team at OILP remains committed to ensuring continued smooth operations throughout this transition, please do not hesitate to contact your PO if you have any questions.
As you know, we at OILP affirms the importance of making a PPR submission portal available to grantees as quickly as possible; we thank you for your patience as we investigate a solution that meets the needs of all stakeholders.

I look forward to continued participation in the important conversations with all of you, nothing about us without us!

Reyma McCoy McDeid, MA, CESP (she/her)
Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities
Administration for Community Living
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Mobile: 202-740-3977
Email: [email protected]
ACL Website: www.acl.gov

The Administration for Community Living was created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people of all ages with disabilities should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities.

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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.

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