APRIL Logo with the words, "The United Voice  of Independent Living in Rural America."

2024 Annual Conference

 30th Annual APRIL Conference. Sharing Pearls of Wisdom in Chicago. All "o's" in the words are pearls. Outline skyline of Chicago in blue color is at the bottom of the image and says "2024" with a star made of pearls.

October 11-13, 2024
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Chicago, Illinois


Save the Date with perals scattered across the image.

Here at APRIL, we are excited to share more information with you about our upcoming APRIL Conference!

As our 30th Annual Conference, we are thrilled to celebrate in Chicago, Illinois because of the common theme surrounding pearls.

The Fox River in Illinois has historically been known for it's pearls. Fun Fact: A 1911 article in the Record, a local newspaper, reported that $2 million in freshwater pearls were being harvested in Illinois annually.

This meshes perfectly with this year being our 30th Annual APRIL Conference, as 30th anniversaries are known as the "Pearl Anniversary".

Keep an eye out for more information about our conference in the coming months - including pricing, hotel information, etc.

For now, see below to get more information about how to submit a Request for Proposal to present at this year's conference!



 Call for Pre-Conference Proposals Now Open!

The APRIL Pre-Conference is held on the Friday before the General Conference which starts on Saturday October 12th and ends Sunday evening October 13th.  The APRIL Pre-Conference generally runs all day.  There is some flexibility with the time (example: 10AM - 3PM, etc.). We are always looking for hot topics on current events in Independent Living that we can disseminate to a larger general session including CIL / SILC staff, board and Executive Directors across the board. 

Some possible topics might include:

  • Social Isolation
  • Board Development
  • Systems Change Advocacy
  • Food Insecurity
  • Becoming a 501(c)(3)
  • Developing a Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) (or other programs) in your state
  • Complying with Standards and Indicators of a CIL

CLICK HERE to learn more about submitting a proposal.

Due no later than August 16, 2024.



Call for workshop Proposals. Strands of Pearls across the image.

APRIL is now accepting Workshop Proposals for the 30th Annual APRIL Conference.


Due no later than August 16, 2024.

Information you will need to know to submit a Call for Workshop Session:

  • The purpose and nature of your proposed session
  • What will attendees learn from your session?
  • Why should your workshop be featured at the APRIL Conference?
  • Short description of your proposed workshop
  • Knowing who the MOST appropriate audience would be for your workshop
  • Bios for all presenters

Please note:

  • Presentation content must be created with accessibility in mind
  • All session presenters are required to attend one of the free mandatory prep sessions with APRIL staff in the month of September to get any important information, give any necessary updates about my presentation and ensure that I have all my questions answered before the run of events in October.
  • Presenters are responsible for sending any changes in speakers, bios or workshop descriptions to APRIL no later than September 2, 2024.
  • Any handouts or PowerPoint presentations must be made fully accessible and must be submitted by September 6, 2024

Use this link below to submit your presentation proposals.


We look forward to seeing all the great session topics you submit and the "pearls of wisdom" you choose to share at this year's Conference!

Please note that while we do not have a specific due date for Workshop Proposals, we usually stop accepting them in early September.