YO! Disabled & Proud Volunteers Travel to Washington for ADA Anniversary Activities including NCIL Conference July 24th, 2015

“Generation ADA: Rise Up!" is the theme of this year's annual National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Conference in Washington, DC. The conference begins on the date of 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this Sunday, July 26th and will continue until Friday, July 31, 2015. YO! Disabled and Proud is excited about the conference for many reasons. Long time YO! Member and former YO! Volunteer, Allie Cannington, who did her service at Marin Center for Independent Living, has been working hard to make this year's NCIL Conference fun and engaging for the many youth with disabilities who will be attending. For nearly a year, Allie has been serving as NCIL's Youth Transition Fellow and has spent countless hours assisting with the planning of the "Generation ADA" Conference. 

Allie has worked closely with the NCIL Youth Caucus, who has also been dedicated to making this year's conference a memorable one for all youth in attendance. The Youth Caucus is chaired by former YO! Disabled & Proud Youth Advisory Council Member, Maddy Ruvolo. Maddy is the Systems Change Advocate for the Marin Center for Independent Living and is known as a youth leader in the Independent Living and Disability Rights Movement. 

For several months the Youth Caucus has been working on a fundraising campaign for youth. They started a #ADAYouthPledge campaign to mobilize as many #GenreationADA youth to the national conference. Several Independent Living Centers in California contributed to the campaign, and as a result of their hard work, YO! Disabled & Proud and the NCIL Youth Scholarship Fund are supporting two YO! Volunteer Corps members in attending this year's "Generation ADA: Rise Up!" NCIL Conference. 

YO! Volunteer, Jessica Jimenez, from the Independent Living Center in Claremont, California, Service Center for Independent and Life, and YO! Volunteer, Tangikina Moimoi from the Independent Living Center in Long Beach California, Disability Resource Center are both looking forward to traveling to the annual NCIL Conference and connecting with other youth with disabilities around the country who are also passionate about the Disability Rights Movement. Both young women will take part in a number of historical Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary events while in Washington, DC. They are honored and excited to be representing YO! Disabled and Proud in this unique capacity.
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