Welcome to the 2023 APRIL CONFERENCE 

Peer Support for SILC Staff 

 Don Dew and Sidna Madden


Session Overview:

Join us for a Peer Support session for State Independent Living Council (SILC) Staff.


Session Materials:

  • No session materials - bring your questions and be open to sharing with the group


About Your Facilitator:

 Don Dew (he/him)

Don has served 2 terms as an APRIL Board Member-at-Large he is very experienced regarding this role. Don has created a legacy of empowering underrepresented communities in his work, and he adds to that legacy in every aspect of his professional and personal life.

Don has been the Executive Director at Disabilities Resource Center of Siouxland in Sioux City, Iowa since 2012. Don is also concurrently the Executive Director of the Nebraska Statewide Independent Living Council. While it is unprecedented for someone to be in the role of Executive Director of a CIL and SILC simultaneously, the "out of the box" thinking that has culminated in this relationship is in line with, and strengthens Independent Living Philosophy, and the determination to equity and equality for all people with disabilities.


Sidna Madden (she/her)

Sidna Madden-Trimmell is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Statewide Independent Living Council.  She serves on many boards and commissions statewide that work on behalf of people with disabilities.  Sidna is the Chair of the Oklahoma City Mayor’s Committee on Disability Concerns and is working to raise awareness to improve the quality of life and is advocating for the removal of physical and attitudinal barriers in her state.  Through these efforts communities nationwide are using OKC as a model and asking for guidance to structure their communities.  Sidna also serves at the Treasurer for APRIL and serves on the NASILC Executive Committee. 








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