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IL Skills Training in a Click

March 19th, 2020 1-2:30 PM Mountain Time

Join APRIL and the RTC: Rural for this free webinar to learn about the new Healthy Community Living Program available to your organization

  • The Healthy Community Living Program includes two IL skills training workshops, Community Living Skills and Living Well in the Community; each with its own facilitator training for implementing. A bonus training, Facilitating Groups, is also included and can be useful for any staff facilitating group work at your organization, not only these programs.
  • For $500 a year, your organization receives a license to access these new online workshops, trainings, and additional technical assistance for implementation. Reduced licensing fees are considered for those organizations who demonstrate need.
  • Come join us to learn how these online workshops work, get a taste of one of the modules from Community Living Skills, and begin to envision how these tools will help your organization shine!
  • Brainstorm how these programs may be useful outreach tools or benefit your current consumer base
  • Hear from partner CILs who have used the workshops in the test phase about their experiences using the new HCL program

Please register for this free webinar using the following link:

This call will be facilitated by APRIL (Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living) in partnership with RTC: Rural of Montana

APRIL Facilitators:

Sierra Royster is the APRIL Youth Coordinator and can be reached at

Mary Willard is the Director of Training and Technical Assistance at APRIL and can be reached at or (406) 544-1668

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New Training Released

Some of you may have noticed, but we have released a new self-directed training:

Facilitating Groups!

This training covers general tips and skills to be a facilitator including roles and responsibilities, supporting workshop participants, avoiding barriers that can undermine communication and progress - and more!

This new training is no extra cost - and is a supplement to the other facilitator trainings that focus on conducting the specific Living Well and Community Living Skills workshops!

If your organization has access to the HCL and they have assigned you to be a facilitator - you may access the Facilitating Groups Training on the same page you use to log-in to the other sites.


Disability and Identity: We Need to Do Better

This article from The Council on Quality and Leadership's (not associated with HCL) Research Director Carli Friedman is an interesting take on why we need to do better with people with IDD so they can understand themselves and their identities, and how we can provide support.

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Program Subscription

Purchase, manage and report on your new HCL subscription. Also see the HCL Program Guide for Directors and Facilitators to learn more details about how to successfully implement HCL workshops.

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Facilitator Login

Remember that once a facilitator has set up their password for each individual site from the original email (we recommended using the same one for each workshop and training site) - it is best to log-in from the facilitator page!


© 2020 RTC: Rural. This project is supported by grant #90DP0073 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research within the Administration on Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents and opinions expressed reflect those of the author(s), are not necessarily those of the funding agency, and should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.