IndependenceFirst Employees Attend NCIL Conference in Washington D.C. to Support 25th Anniversary of the ADA
IndependenceFirst employees rally at the U.S. Capitol
Milwaukee, WI – August 27 - IndependenceFirst, Milwaukee's FIRST resource when people have questions regarding access and disability, recently sent 25 employees to Washington D.C. to attend the National Council on Independent Living’s (NCIL) Annual Conference for state legislature policy training and to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the American Disability Act (ADA).
 
The National Council on Independent Living is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: individuals with disabilities, Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.
 
Each year, NCIL’s Annual Conference draws nearly 1,000 individuals of all ages and disabilities from all 50 states including grassroots advocates, CIL and SILC leadership, and representatives from other major organizations that work for justice and equity for people with disabilities. In July 2015, over 1,000 community members, leaders, and advocates united in our nation’s capital to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA. “Keeping up with legislature policies is the best way to stay informed and to continue being a vital resource for consumers. Attending the NCIL conference has proven to be a valuable hands-on experience and provides a positive opportunity for our employees,” said Lee Schulz, President & CEO.
 
It was on July 26, 1990, that the ADA was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush, and the 1990s generation of young advocates with disabilities has now grown up. Fondly referred to as the ADA Generation, these advocates continue to build authentic and lasting participation and leadership of young advocates in NCIL and throughout the Independent Living and Disability Rights Movements.

“Attending the 2015 conference was a rewarding experience. This year’s conference had a special focus on the generation that grew up under the ADA, the ‘ADA25 Generation.’ NCIL was extremely successful in raising funds that assisted large numbers of youth to attend the conference, some who have never been exposed to the independent living philosophy before. It was very moving to see the next generation being inspired to become advocates,” said Brian Peters, Community Access & Policy Specialist, and Member-at-Large for the NCIL Board.

About IndependenceFirst: Metro Milwaukee's FIRST nonprofit resource when people have questions regarding access and disability. We offer over 20 programs and services for people with disabilities of all kinds, in all age groups. Over 50 percent of internal staff, management and board members have disabilities themselves. www.independencefirst.org

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