Sometimes the job is difficult, frustrating. There is so much to learn and know. How can you keep up?

Did you know that we do group technical assistance calls every month? If you aren’t on our mailing list for these, you can sign up at the very bottom left of our webpage. If you will need real time captioning to participate in the call, please contact Sharon Finney no later than Noon the week before the call at sfinney@ilru.org or 713.797.7129. Here is a summary of those calls.

Middle Manager call.(Assistant Directors, Program Managers or Middle Managers)

If you are an Assistant Director, Program Manager or other middle manager of a Center for Independent Living, we have our next monthly Technical Assistance call on February 9, 2017 from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern, and then will join the ACL call regarding on-line reporting. Usually our call is an hour, but this most pressing issue will require us to hop on another call to get some new information from the Independent Living Administration folks.

I facilitate the calls on the second Thursday of the month at 3:00 Eastern Time, and the call in number is 888.652.4360 using access code is 1891#. Set that hour each month aside in your calendar, and make notes of things you’d like to discuss. At the end of each call we set the topic for the next month.
New Executive Director call. (Two years or less in the job.)
Whether or not you have management experience or experience in Independent Living, you will find this call useful. We will discuss new regulations, indicators of compliance and guidance as it emerges, and we will discuss whatever item is stumping you — finding good board members, helping your board chair facilitate the meetings, making sure your staff are grounded in Independent Living, financial rules, policies and procedures, and more. The group shares with each other, and I share samples and tips from my experience and other more experienced directors.
I facilitate the calls on the second Monday of the month at 3:00 Eastern Time, and the call in number is 888.652.4360 using access code is 1891#. Set that hour each month aside in your calendar, and make notes of things you’d like to discuss. At the end of each call we set the topic for the next month.
Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) Members and Staff call.
Join us for February’s SILCSpeak on the first Thursday, February 2nd at 3:00 Eastern for a discussion on recruiting and training of SILC members.
  • How do we find good potential SILC members to apply for the Council?
  • What strategies can we use to facilitate the Governor’s appointments to the SILC?
  • What training and orientation should we provide to new SILC members?
  • What ongoing support should we have for council members to retain them in their position/encourage them to meaningfully participate?
To join on February 2 and the first Thursday of every month, dial 1.888.652.4360 using code 9205763 and press #.
Mary Olson from the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) and Ann McDaniel from the West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council (WVSILC) facilitate with me.
Topical conversations on Independent Living subjects.
These topical conversations are one of the APRIL projects within IL-Net. The December conversation, for example, was around how Centers support people with psychiatric disabilities. Disasters, veterans, youth and transportation are upcoming topics. Check out the schedule or review the archives on APRIL’s website.
On-demand email and phone support.
You can contact me by email for individualized technical assistance, which can be by phone or email, and sometimes even in person. Typically there is no charge for this support. Contact me at paulamcelwee.ILRU@gmail.com
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  • March 8, 2017 at 6:08 pm
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    Thanks Paula, though I don’t call in to the SILC Speak teleconferences often, I appreciate knowing it is available. One thing I would like to discuss at some point is how to energize the board members.

    Thanks!
    heidi

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