Welcome to the 30th Annual APRIL CONFERENCE 

Awards and Honors



About the Linda Gonzales Award:Linda Gonzales was the first Executive Director of APRIL for 20 years, and truly was a visionary when it came to including youth with disabilities as leaders in the rural Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement and more specifically, the APRIL youth movement. It is a great honor to give this award to recognize and celebrate Linda‚Äôs many contributions to the youth movement and Independent Living.

Learn about our Linda Gonzales Award Winner



We want to honor some of our APRIL Board Members who will be ending their tenure on the board. Please join us in recognizing the contributions they have made and the dedication they have put forth to make APRIL a success!


Aerius Franklin

Mels Felton

Kimberly Tissot

Shelly Simmons

Shaylin Sluzalis

Misty Dion

Dan Kessler


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