Youth Peer to Peer Mentoring: Recruitment and Retention
Recruiting youth can be very daunting. Breaking it up into smaller bite sized achievable tasks can make it seem less scary. This thing about working with young people with disabilities is that youth cannot be a service, youth are a population. Just like any population you might serve, young people have their own culture. They may respond differently than other groups you work with. As such, it is important to find out what youth want, and to do your best to try and include them and their specific needs and culture. One of the first things you might want to do is needs assess youth to figure out what it is that they want out of a program and how to best entice them to get involved. Even if you already have an idea of what you are going to do, you still need young people to come and use your services.
So... where do you find youth? How do you get them to come?
These are brainstormed lists from youth involved with APRIL from across the country on where to look for young people to get involved, how do you make your programs and CIL attractive and accessible for young people, and information on how build upon programs you already have that could be attractive to young people as well as how to partner with organizations and programs for youth that are already working.
Sometimes the hardest part of a new program is figuring out where to get started. Below are some examples from our partners on fliers, letters, or advertisements they used in order to get started. Along with our material of resources and activities to assist you in being successful in this area of programming.
For more information contact Sierra Royster,
Many THANKS to those that have helped make this material a reality!!
ADAPT brothers and sisters, Billy Altom, Josie Badger, Mike Beers, Mike Blatchford, Rebecca Cokely, Mike Collins, Rene Cummins, Justin Dart Jr., Yoshiko Dart, Ellisa Ellis, Barry Fox-Quamme, Letiah Fraser, Gloria Garton, Chiaki Gonda, Linda Gonzales, Carrie Greenwood, Kathy Hatch, June Hermanson, Judy Heumann, Travis Hoffman, Alex Jackson, Mary Leary, Melissa Madill, Mike Mayer, Jude Monson, Michael Murray, John Nousaine, Tom Olin, Mary Olson, Sierra Royster, Julia Sain, Tom Seekins, Tim Sheehan, Amber Smock, Julia Thomas, Sarah Triano, Craig Ravesloot, Eddie Rea, Curtis Richards, Ed Roberts, Betsy Valnes, Amber Wallenstein, Glen White, YLF Alumni from Montana, YLF Alumni from North Carolina, YLF Alumni of Oklahoma, ABLE CIL, Erin Weierbach, Center for Independent Living of Central PA, Alie Kriosfske-Manielle, Susan Cerverlla, Dustin Gibson, Moriah Grace, Grant Heffelfinger, and Rachel Kaplan.
TAKE ACTION: Oppose the GOP Tax Reform Bill
Tax Bill Passes Senate: Fight Moves Back to the House!
THANK YOU to everyone who has taken action to fight the GOP’s tax bills. In the very early hours of Saturday morning, the Senate voted to pass their version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Every Republican except one voted for the bill, with no Democratic support.
This is bad news, but it’s not over yet. The House now needs to decide whether they will work with the Senate to reconcile the differences between the two bills by going to conference, or they can forego that process and vote on the Senate version – and this can happen as early as today!
The fate of this bill is in our Representatives’ hands. It is vital that they hear from you today! Take Action Now!
- Find your Representative’s number at Contacting Congress or call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY).
- Use Resistbot to turn your text into faxes, mail, or hand-delivered letters.
- Fax your Representative (use faxzero.com to find their fax number).
- Email, post on Facebook, or Tweet your Representative with information on Contacting Congress.
- Repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate will significantly increase premiums and 13 million fewer people will have insurance.
- Increasing the deficit by over $1 trillion sets the stage for slashing Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and other vital programs disabled people rely on.
- By triggering the “Pay-As-You-Go” (PAYGO) Budget Rule, this bill will automatically force billions in cuts – and in some cases, total elimination – to essential programs including Medicare and Vocational Rehabilitation basic State gran
You can use this sample script and talking points.
You can RSVP and invite friends using the Facebook event.
Additional ResourcesFact Sheet: How to Call Your Elected Officials (Autistic Self Advocacy Network)Fact Sheet: The Top 5 Reasons the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is Bad for People with Disabilities (Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities)Fact Sheet: Congress’ Tax Proposals Endanger Health Care for Older Adults (and people with disabilities) (Justice in Aging)Fact Sheet: The Republican Tax Plan is a Tax on Disability (Center for American Progrs
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Outraged Disability Rights Leaders Send a Message to their Governors and the National Governors Association about ACA Repeal/Replace/Repair
For Immediate Release:
(name, phone, email, Twitter)
February xx, 2017 (add city) – Disability rights leaders in (add state) are sending a “loud and clear” message to Governor (insert name) to take with (him/her) to the National Governors Association when it meets in DC later this week, February 24 – 27:
61 million Americans with disabilities are at risk of losing health care coverage, benefits and their right to live in the community.
Disability leaders are asking their Governors to put people first, over partisan politics. Several Republican Governors, including Governors Kasich (OH) and Snyder (MI), have been very outspoken against the Medicaid cuts. In similar statements across America, disability leaders are united in their demands:
We oppose the GOP repeal and replace proposal as well as the damaging proposed reforms to Medicaid because:
- Medicaid block grants and per capita caps are nothing more than an attempt by the federal government to cut support to states for Medicaid.
- Over the next 10 years Federal support is projected to be cut by $1 trillion; states and/or counties will have to come up with the replacement revenue or make major cuts.
- Cuts will be made to prescription drugs, physical, occupational and speech therapies, Personal Care, HCBS waivers and state plan amendments, Community First Choice and Health Homes, etc. These so called “optional” services often mean the difference between “life and death” for many people with disabilities.
- Under block grants, states would receive a fixed amount of money each year for the program regardless of actual needs or costs. Per capita caps provides a fixed amount of funding per Medicaid beneficiary with states liable for all medical and LTSS costs beyond the caps.
- Neither Block Grants nor per capita caps can or will control health care and LTSS costs.
- Enhanced Medicaid expansion matching funds in 31 states and DC would be reduced, another loss of revenue to states, further squeezing state budgets, and resulting in a resurgence of uncompensated care to emergency rooms and hospitals, reduction in treatment for people addicted to opioids, and millions of people losing access to health care they only recently received.
- Reduction in federal revenue to the states will result in enrollment caps, increase in waiting lists, and human pain and suffering. 10 million people are covered by Medicaid expansion, and about 20% of those are people with disabilities (PwDs).
- Reduction in federal revenue will result in a major loss of jobs in health care and long-term services and supports (LTSS) in every state.
- Eight states with Community First Choice (CFC) will lose their 6% enhanced Medicaid match: CA, CO, MD, MT, NY, OR, TX, and WV.
- Of the 73 million Americans covered by Medicaid, 15 million (21%) are children and adults with disabilities and senior citizens. PwDs account for 48% of total Medicaid dollars due to higher acute care costs and costs of LTSS. Kids and moms receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) benefits are generally healthy, and so are quite inexpensive to Medicaid. Therefore, capping Medicaid will result in potential draconian cuts in services to PwDs and senior citizens.
- PwDs who are employed may have to quit their jobs due to loss of funds for Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) or access to state optional Medicaid buy-in plans, now existing in 46 states (only AL, FL, HI, TN and D.C. do not have buy-in plans).
- End of enhanced federal matching funds for Money Follows the Person (MFP) that liberated over 63,000 people from institutions, and loss of Community First Choice (CFC) will make it far more difficult for people to leave or avoid institutions, which in the aggregate are 2-3 times more expensive for a poorer quality of life than the costs and benefits of community services and supports.
- If ACA is repealed we will revert to Lifetime Caps in commercial insurance which harm people with significant medical and community LTSS needs.
- There can be NO repeal without replacement, and any replacement plan must assure access to quality coordinated health care in Medicaid including Health Homes and cost-effective LTSS FOR personal care, CFC, and HCBS state plans and waivers rather than nursing homes and INSTITUTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL/intellectual disabilities (ICFs/DD).
- On the commercial insurance side, we cannot accept High Risk Pools – they are proven to not work, are very expensive and have high deductibles and co-pays. Health Savings Accounts have NO savings in them for low and moderate income PwDs.
- Disability leaders cannot support reinstatement of annual and lifetime caps by insurance companies, and denial of coverage or massive surcharges for preexisting conditions.
The disability community is united in its determination to protect access to affordable, quality health care and long term supports and services that promote community living and employment and we insist that your policy changes do no harm.
- It’s about saving lives and improving health
- It’s about independence and community participation
- It’s about civil rights, freedom and liberty
We can help improve Medicaid without harming people.
Nothing About Us Without Us,
APRIL is proud to partner with the RTC: RURAL on many different projects that benefit people with disabiliteis throughout the country.
The Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) conducts research on disability as part of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana. RTC: Rural is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to improve the ability of people with disabilities to engage in rural community living.
Research projects at RTC: Rural focus on community participation and independent living, health & wellness, and employment and vocational rehabilitation. Research products include: Living and Working Well with a Disability, health promotion programs for people with disabilities; Telecom Toolbox, a resource for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors; and the Transportation Voucher program available from the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL).
As a NIDILRR-funded program, the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities strives to ensure people with disabilities participate in all stages of the development and implementation of research projects. Our goal is to make sure research results and products are useful and relevant to people with disabilities, their families and service providers.
Welcome to the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)
APRIL Who We Are:
The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) is a national grassroots, nonprofit membership organization consisting of over 260 members from centers for independent living, their satellites and branch offices, statewide independent living councils, other organizations and individuals concerned with the independent living issues of people with disabilities living in rural America.
APRIL provides leadership and resources on rural independent living. As a national membership organization, APRIL is dedicated to advancing the rights and responsibilities of people with disabilities in rural America by serving as a center of resources and by leading systems change.
What We Do:
APRIL is the united voice of Rural Independent Living. Some of the highlights of our work include:
If you would like to learn more about the work that we do please visit our Annual Reports.
You can also contact us:
Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living
11324 Arcade Drive, Suite 9
Little Rock, AR 72212
Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)
BOARD of DIRECTORS
January 1, 2016OFFICERS
|Tim Sheehan||Ronald Rocha||Karen Michalski|
|CIL of Western Wisconsin||ARCIL||Blue Ridge ILC|
|2920 Schneider Ave E||825 East Rundberg Lane||1502B Williamson Rd., N.E.|
|Menomonie, WI 54751||Suite E6||Roanoke, VA 24012|
|(715) 233-1070||Austin, TX 78753||(540) 342-1231|
|At-Large Exec. Officer||Secretary|
|Kim Gibson||Jim Whalen|
|DISABILITY LINK||Blue Water CIL|
|1901 Montreal Road, Ste. 102||1042 Griswold St., Ste. 2|
|Tucker, GA 30084||Port Huron, MI 48060|
|(404) 682-8890||(810) 987-9337|
CIL-NET Presents… A Brand-New National Onsite Training
Empowering Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities: The Role of the Peer Model in CILs
June 2-4, 2015; Baltimore, MD
Registration Fee: $150.00
As consumer-controlled, cross-disability organizations, CILs have a duty not just to provide services to consumers with psychiatric disabilities, but to ensure that they are an integral part of the organization: on staff, on the board, providing leadership and peer support. Every CIL serves people with psychiatric disabilities, whether they realize it or not. But there’s a lot of work between serving a few consumers and developing the staff competencies, peer support, and funding necessary for an exemplary approach. Let us help you improve and expand your work with people with psychiatric disabilities with a framework for inclusion and program development. Our presenters will give you the skills and knowledge to conceptualize, build, and implement an outstanding mental health program at your CIL. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity for your Center. Sign up today!
By the end of this training, participants will learn:
This training will provide strategies to confront discrimination related to mental health in the independent living field, and identify steps in planning and implementing programs in centers and the necessary funding needed to serve individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Executive Directors, Board Members, Program Managers and staff at centers interested in expanding services for people with psychiatric disabilities would benefit most from this training.
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street
Front Desk Phone: (410) 385-3000
For reservations, please call Marriott at 800.228.9290 by May 11, 2015. The discounted group rate is $199.00 / night for single / double occupancy, plus applicable taxes. Be sure to mention IL-NET Training when making your reservation to receive the group rate.
Meet Your Presenters
Mike Bachhuber: Executive Director, Independent Living Council of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Mike has worked in disability rights since 1997 and previously worked for an IL Center in Wisconsin, in addition to the state’s Protection and Advocacy System. As a consumer, Mike sat on and chaired the state’s Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council and served as a founding Board member for its Mental Health Consumer Network. He currently devotes time to organizing the civil rights efforts of the National Council on Independent Living as Co-chair of its ADA/Civil Rights Subcommittee. He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Daniel Fisher: Executive Director, National Empowerment Center, Lawrence, MA
Dan is a person who has recovered from schizophrenia. He is one of the few psychiatrists in the country who publicly discusses his recovery from mental illness. He is a role model for others who are struggling to recover, and his life dispels the myth that people do not recover from mental illness. His recovery and work in the field were recognized by his selection as a member of the White House Commission on Mental Health. He received his B.A. from Princeton University, his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin and M.D. from George Washington University. Dan is a board-certified psychiatrist who completed his residency at Harvard Medical School. Dan is also an Adjunct Faculty member of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Kathie Knoble-Iverson: Executive Director, Independent Living Resources, La Crosse, WI
Kathie was part of a five year grassroots effort to establish Independent Living Resources, Inc. in a 13 county area of southwest Wisconsin. She has a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Administration, and has been the Executive Director of Independent Living Resources (ILR) for 20 years.
PRESENTED BY CIL-NET: A program of the IL-NET national training and technical assistance project for Centers for Independent Living (CIL-NET) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILC-NET). The IL-NET is operated by ILRU, Independent Living Research Utilization, in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL).
Welcome to APRIL
Improve verbal sports announcing on television for the benefit of the sight impaired.
By: Louis Vodopya, Clarksville, TN Sign on Petition Here
We, the blind sports fans of America request that all sports announcers describe sports using the numbers related to the activity. This is the only way we can ‘see’ what is happening. The deaf have the benefit of Closed Captioning, the blind have nothing. We can only tell what is happening if you speak the numbers.
Golf-The following should be spoken for all distances:
Drives, to the green shots, putt lengths, club selection, all scoreboards shown singular or multiple, any other lists shown on the screen such as club speed or ball speed.
Football-The following should be spoken for all distances:
All runs, passes, and kick yardages including negative yardages. Yard lines should also be spoken. All scores should be spoken and updated as they occur. Time should be spoken regularly and at the end of each quarter or half and the final two minutes after every play.