Friday, October 13, 2023
8:00 AM Registration Opens
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
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
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
1:30 PM-2:00 PM Transition to Concurrent Workshops
2:00 PM-3:00 PM Concurrent Workshops Block 1
- Garden 1&2 N. Tower: Engagement with Indigenous Rural Communities
- Garden 3 N. Tower: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Expression, and How These Identities Intersect with Disability
- Garden 4 N. Tower: Mental Illness; Recommendations for Workplace Inclusion
- Grand E: You Were Appointed to Your SILC, So Now What?
- Grand F: Introduction to the Access & Functional Needs Resource Framework in Emergency Management
- Grand G: Rethinking Guardianship and Supported Decision Making
3:00 PM-3:30 PM BREAK
3:30-5:00 PM Concurrent Workshops
- Garden 1&2 N. Tower: Building a Transportation Program and Barriers to Transportation in Rural Areas
- Garden 3 N. Tower: Understanding Guardianship, How to Avoid it and Restore Justice
- Garden 4 N. Tower: The art of engagement in Latina Farm Worker communities
- Grand E: No Research about Us Without Us- Letting NIH Know What's Important to Us
- Grand F: Partnerships and Strategies to Boost Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities
- Grand G: Community Living Skills: Disability Identity
5:30-6:30 PM Optional RTC: Rural Round Table Discussion
RSVP/Registration required with link below
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
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.