- Independent Living Conference
- Holiday Open House - jointly sponsored with MetroWest Center for Independent Living
- Statewide Independent Living Education Day
- Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
2015 - Twenty Fifth Anniversary
2014 - Twenty Fourth AnniversaryThe 2014 annual event was at Dunn Pond State Park in Gardner.
2013 - Twenty Third AnniversaryThe 2013 annual event was August 2 at Dunn Pond State Park in Gardner.
2012 - Twenty Second Anniversary
The 2012 annual event was on July 26 at Dunn Pond State Park in Gardner. We had great day of kayaking, swimming, trails, food, music and more, and of course, GREAT COMPANY!
2011 - Twenty First AnniversaryMASILC held the annual event on July 22 at Dunn Pond State Park Sponsors included MASILC, Disability Policy Consortium, 1199 SEIU, Disability Law Center, Adaptive Environments, Easter Seals MA, and the 11 MA Independent Living Centers.
2010 - Twentieth Anniversary2010 was the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Over 1000 people gathered on Boston Commons and shared stories of the past, music, and visions of the future.
See our 2017 Il Education Day page for information on the 2017 event.
See our 2016 Il Education Day page for more information on the 2016 eventVisit the MWCIL Photo Gallery for photos from the last few years.
IL Education Day 2015 The 2015 priorities were IL funding and increased Alternative Housing Voucher funding. Aligning MA regulations with federal was advocacy topic, as well as increased funding for Assistive Technology.
IL Education Day 2014 The 2014 goals were for additional IL funding, Housing Voucher funding, and funding for a new DME ReUse program. You can download the flyers. il-flyer-2014.pdf il-facts-2013.doc
IL Education Day 2013 The efforts in 2013 were to get $1,100,000 added to the statewide Independent Living budget. Download the flyers that were distributed to legislators. il-facts.pdf, il-advocacy.pdf. Speakers in 2013 included: MRC Commissioner Charles Carr, State Representative Jeffrey Roy, State Senator Karen Spilka, State Representative Alan Silvia, Nick Kaltsas from SRC, and Courtand Townes III from BCIL and IA Executive Director, Steve Higgins.
IL Education Day 2012
2012 Statewide Independent Living Education Day at the Statehouse in Boston was held on April 4. The IL Centers asked legislators to add $1.1 million to their budget this year. Steven Higgins was the moderator as IL staff, consumers and advocates from across the state met. After the presentations by advocates and legislators, (and lunch!,) attendees visited their own representatives and senators to tell their own stories.
IL Education Day 2011
The 2011 event was especially important given the poor economy and planned budget cuts. Over 225 people attended. The speakers included Steven Higgins, Jean McGuire, Joe Bellil, MRC Commissioner Charles Carr, Representative Ellen Story, Janet Shaw from Stavros, Peter Ramos from Stavros, Bill Henning from Boston CIL, Mary Margaret Moore from ILCNSCA and Rep. Tom Sannicandro. After the presentations, attendees visit their representatives and senators for personal meetings. Visit the MWCIL Photo Gallery for more photos of the day.