National Associations


The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)

Not just responding to change, but leading it!

NCIL LogoAs a national membership organization, NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy. NCIL envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.

NCIL has individual membership dues at a cost of $35 per year. Although revenue from membership dues is vital to NCIL’s continued operation, they will never deny membership because of financial hardship. If you would like to be a member and cannot afford the membership dues, you can request a waiver of the fee by calling NCIL toll-free at 1-877-525-3400 or sending an e-mail requesting a waiver of the annual membership fee to Kelly Buckland, NCIL Director, at To become a member, please visit the NCIL website at and complete the online application.

NCIL holds an Annual Conference in July of every year in Washington, DC. For the 2020 conference, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will be a virtual online conference, from July 20th through August 7th. Please visit the NCIL website for more information

Contact Information:

710 Rhode Island Avenue Northwest / Fifth Floor
Washington, D.C. 20036
Voice: 202.207.0334
Fax: 202.207.0341
TTY: 202.207.0340
Toll Free: 877.525.3400

The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)

APRIL is a national membership organization dedicated to advancing the rights and responsibilities of people with disabilities in rural America.

APRIL LogoThe Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) is a national grassroots, consumer controlled, nonprofit membership organization, consisting of centers for independent living, their satellites and branch offices, statewide independent living councils, and other organizations and individuals concerned with the independent living issues of people with disabilities living in rural America.

Annual individual membership dues are $25. Although revenue from membership dues is vital to APRIL’s continued operation, they will consider waiving the fee if you really want to be a member but cannot afford it. For more information contact the APRIL office at 501-753-3400 or e-mail Elissa Ellis at

APRIL also holds annual conferences at different locations in the month of October. The 2020 APRIL Conference is scheduled to be held in Orlando, Florida, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this may be reorganized into a virtual online conference.

Please visit the APRIL website for more information.

Contact Information:

Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)
2001 Pershing Circle, Ste 200
North Little Rock, AR 72114
Phone: 501-753-3400
FAX: 501-753-3406

The National Association of Statewide Independent Living Councils (NASILC)

The Mission of the National Association of Statewide Independent Living Councils (NASILC) is to provide resources to Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs) across the nation and promote collaboration with their partners to advance Independent Living values. Their vision is accessibility for all, inclusion for all, independent living for all.

Prior to this group organizing and developing a non-profit association, there was an annual SILC Congress held in different locations across the United States in the month of February. SILC Congress was an annual training event for SILC Council Members, staff, and volunteers. It was designed to explore and expand each person’s present and future role in SILC from a national perspective, as a leader and visionary, as a manager and a change agent, as a strategist and communicator, and as a decision-maker and critical thinker. This group has recently organized into a National Association. The NASILC continues to hold annual SILC Congress trainings in the month of February.

Please visit the NASILC website for more information or contact Brooke Wilson, NASILC Chair, at