October 25th, 2019 Pre-Conference Day

8:00AM Center Concourse – PreCon and Youth Registration ONLY

1:30PM-5:00PM Center Concourse Conference Registration Opens

8:00AM Continental Breakfast for Youth Conference and Pre-Conference attendees will be in their respective rooms.

12:00- 1:30PM Provided Lunch Please be back and settled in for your sessions to begin at 1:30
Lunch for registered Pre-Con & Youth Conference attendees ONLY


9:00AM – 4:00PM Gerald Ford: Youth Conference (Youth only) “Reflect, Learn, Act”

Youth Steering Committee

“This years youth conference focuses on the cycle of advocacy: Reflect, Learn, Act! Youth attendees will learn where we started in the independent living movement, how it applies to today's movement, and how to keep the movement moving into the future. Youth will leave the conference with a toolbox of skills that can be applied to their own local IL advocacy.”

8:00-9:00 AM Crown Foyer    Breakfast and Registration 

9:00-9:30 AM Gerald Ford     Welcome and Introductions

9:30-10:30 AM                     Reflect: A Look at Independent Living and 25 Years of APRIL
                                          After 25 years of the APRIL conference, youth reflect on our history, where we came from, and how that affects us today.

10:30-11:00 AM                   Morning Break

11:00-12:00 PM                   Learn: Building an Advocate’s Toolbox
                                          Through activities, youth learn about advocacy and what tools they can use.

12:00-1:00 PM                     Provided Lunch

1:00-2:30 PM                       Act: Taking Action and Making Change
                                          For this final session, youth will break out into round tables to discuss actions that can be taken in different disability issues.

2:30-3:00 PM                      Afternoon Break

3:00-3:30 PM                      Act: Taking Action and Making Change Report
                                         Youth will report what was discussed in their roundtables and what tools they have used.

3:30-4:00 PM                     Back to Reflect and Wrap Up

4:30-5:30 Gerald Ford: Youth Engagement Meeting

A meeting for youth and young adults that would like to learn more about what APRIL does outside of the conference.  How can you get involved with the work we do with youth and the community as a whole…come to listen, learn, and maybe sign-up and join! Get an overview of APRIL, the Youth Steering Committee, Youth Advocacy Committee, and learn about our online youth activities.


9:00-2:45 Vandenberg: Pre-Conference An IL-NET Event presented by ILRU 

Achieving Operational Excellence Through Risk Management

Paula McElwee, Kimberly Tissot, Corinna Stiles

There are some common ways that you can minimize the risk your organization takes on with preparation and knowledge. Gain some tools and tips to learn how to avoid financial pitfalls, manage HR related issues, and document core services appropriately.  

What you will learn:
• Compliance requirements you need to know so your center can avoid related risks.

• Risks for your center related to grants management, non-profit/organization management, and program management.

• Risks for your SILC related to grants management, DSE relationship, and SILC indicators.

• How you can eliminate or at least mitigate risks.

• Tools to take home to develop a Risk Management Plan for your organization.


9:00 -9:15                     Welcome, Introductions and Background
9:15 - 10:30                  Identifying Areas of Risk
10:30 - 10:45                             Break
10:45 – 11:45                Compliance Risk – non-allowable costs
                                    Example of mitigating measures – Lobbying
11:45 -12:00                  Discussion of lunch exercise
12:00 – 1:30                  Provided Lunch and Roundtables
1:30 – 1:45                    Report out from lunch activity
1:45 – 2:15                    Other areas of compliance risk
2:15 - 2:45                     Risk of financial waste and fraud

3:00-5:00PM Vandenberg: Administration on Community Living Grantee Meeting

Commissioner Hocker, Dr. Corinna Stiles, et al.

Come and hear from ACL leadership and program officers about compliance and operations as well as key initiatives. ACL has requested registration for this event (see below). Attendance is free and open to grantees and their staff. 

Please note that you must register seperately for this event here, This meeting is for Grantee's only:


6:00 – 7:00PM Ambassador Ballroom East: APRIL Annual Membership Meeting & Board Elections

Learn about APRIL's accomplishments in the past year. Voting members may vote in the APRIL Board of Directors Elections.

7:15pm – 9:00pm Ambassador Ballroom West: APRIL WELCOME Reception 

Come join us and greet old friends and make some new ones. Light snacks available. Youth feel free to stop by the games table at the reception.


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