APRIL Youth Talks

Individual Training Registration

APRIL understands that across the country youth and young adults is the hot topic. Many Centers for Independent Living and Statewide Independent Living Councils are unsure how to get youth involved.  This year we have asked our youth expert mentors to present on topics that could assist your

goals of starting a program or growing the existing youth involvement, you may already have. 

We understand that not everyone is at the point in their CIL or SILC to have a Youth Peer to Peer, but we want to support and assist the best way we can with these calls. 

Save the Date for the 2018 Schedule 2:00-3:30pm EST (1:00-2:30pm CST, 12:00-1:30pm MST, 11:00am-12:30pm PST)


man with microphoneApril 4th, 2018- Dustin Gibson -The Impact of School Suspensions

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The policing and criminalization of students, particularly students of color with disabilities, serves as one of the largest contributors to the expansion of our prison systems. Understanding how race and disability are implicated in classrooms, leading to school suspensions, expulsions, and time away from learning is critical to disrupting the school to prison trajectory

How to Apply: Working with students that are be suspended.  Working with detention centers for young people.  Working with young people with mental health that have been suspended and it has affected their potential outcome for school graduation.  Working with students that have Individualized Education Plans (IEP) or Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP).





May 30th, 2018- Zach Garafalo and Melissa Ann Santora Youth at the Table and Active SILC Members

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Participants will learn strategies to engage young leaders with disabilities with their SILCs. Topics covered will include a SILC readiness assessment for youth engagement, how to build intergenerational partnerships, different recruitment methods, and how to prepare young leaders to be effective SILC members. Additional topics about youth engagement on boards and committees will also be discussed.

How to Apply: If you are a SILC, you can recruit more youth that are valuable contributing members.  If you work with young people, how to get them more involved on a SILC, take the same skills and to engage youth on SILC and apply it to different boards, committees, or councils. 

 August 1st, 2018-Charlie Walters-Balancing Systems Advocacy Efforts with Self-Advocacy Skill Development in K-12 Education

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This APRIL Youth Talk will focus on creative ways of balancing work with consumers to address advocacy needs in K-12 education while driving change that gets to the heart of reforming a system that often fails to support youth in reaching their full potential. Participants will learn about how one CIL has shifted its work with both individual and systems advocacy in education in an attempt to affect long-term change.

How to Apply: Working with individual students that have IEPs. Working with classes and groups on how to advocate.  Working with students that are interested in going to college and navigating the disability services as a self-advocate.

October 3rd, 2018- Susan Cervellera-Disability History

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New to IL, passionate about what we do, but not sure about where we started?   Many youth feel this way as well.  Come learn about where we started and invite a youth into your CIL/SILC to learn too! Enjoy while we dive into the medical model vs. the social model, history of the ADA, IDEA, Rehab Act, history of ADAPT, institutionalization, sterilization, Ugly laws and talk about the huge advocates including Ed Roberts, Justin Dart, Dorothea Dix plus much more!

How to Apply: Learn more about disability history. Learn how to engage youth into history. Why we need to cover history as a topic when working with youth.

December 5th, 2018- Grant Heffelfinger-LGBTQ+ Community

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Join us for an interactive talk on supporting inclusion for our youth with disabilities.  There will be a discussion to support our LGBT youth with disabilities and how to include LGBT youth in our centers.    

How to Apply: To create collaboration with CILs and LGBTQ+ organizations in the community. To increase diversity onto staff, consumers, volunteers, and board members.  To ensure that your CIL/SILC is inclusive.

Cost: Member Rates: Annual Rate (registering and paying for all 6 trainings in the series): $180 Per Training Rate: $35

Cost: Non-Member Rates: Annual Rate (registering and paying for all 6 trainings in the series): $250 Per Training Rate: $50

We hope that you will join us and if you would like more of an individual experience or training you can contact our Youth Programs Coordinator, Sierra Royster at 919-567-3602 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Address Information:
11324 Arcade Drive, Suite 9
Little Rock, AR 72212

Phone Contact:
Phone: 501-753-3400
FAX: 501-753-3406