Welcome to the 2023 APRIL CONFERENCE 

Friday, October 13, 2023


8:00 AM Registration Opens

Grand Foyer

T-Shirts Go On Sale!

Breakfast on your own

Vendor Booths Set Up

Sensory Free Room open: Malibu Suite (Second Floor North Tower)


9:00 AM-11:00 AM Welcome and Opening General Session

Grand Ballroom

Native Blessing by Sandonne Goad, Tribal Council Chairwoman, Gabrielino/Tongva Nation.

Brandon Brown, Executive Director, and Kim GIbson, APRIL's Board President invite you to join us as we kick off our 29th Annual Conference.  Local CIL Dayle McIntosh Executive Director, Brittany Zazueta and Ana Acton, Deputy Director, Independent Living and Community Access Division for California welcome you to the area and California IL, and we will hear from other special guests about what makes the area we are in special. The Administration on Community Living has been invited to close out our welcome event.


11:00 AM-12:00 PM Visit Vendor Booths

Grand Foyer

Use this time to filter through our many vendor resource booths. We are so fortunate to be able to offer you many different tools and resources to take back to your communities. Learn more about this year's vendors here:  Vendor Booths (april-rural.org)


12:00 PM-1:30 PM Annual Plated Luncheon Keynote: Magic of IL

Grand Ballroom


1:30 PM-2:00 PM Transition to Concurrent Workshops


2:00 PM-3:00 PM Concurrent Workshops Block 1

3:00 PM-3:30 PM BREAK


3:30-5:00 PM Concurrent Workshops


5:30-6:30 PM Optional RTC: Rural Round Table Discussion

Grand G

RSVP/Registration required with link below

RTC:Rural Roundtable at APRIL, application click here

Are you interested in using data to communicate, advocate, and innovate!? Join us at the 2023 APRIL conference to feel the magical power of data! The Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural) is launching a series of round table discussions to identify the pressing needs and priorities of rural CILs. In this first session we will be discussing how rural CILs access and use data to support their services, advocacy, and outreach efforts. Where are we and what data do we need to showcase the work of rural Centers for Independent Living? These conversations will inform RTC:Rural’s research and policy agenda.If you are interested in participating please complete the brief application above. Selected participants will receive a $75 gift card to show our appreciation.  For questions please contact Jeff This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


8:00 PM-12:00 AM Dance for Youth and Young at Heart

Join us for the annual dance for youth and those young at heart. Light snacks provided.

Terrace Room S. Tower

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