• August 4, 2020; 4:00-5:15 p.m.
  • Presented by: Yolanda Vargas, Reyma McCoy McDeid, Dustin Gibson, Allilsa Fernandez, Stan Holbrook

Working outside the system to get what we need. Independent living has not supported BIPOC to the best of its ability but that doesn’t mean that BIPOC haven’t left a mark on making the world better for all Disabled people. What can we learn from each other? Going forward how we can work together?

Talking Points

  1. Language barriers and how different cultures relate to disabilities and how there is no “right way”.
  2. How CILs can step away from legislation and find other ways to address the needs of those that they serve. 
  3. How to respectfully share knowledge when grassroots organizations want to do legislative work. 
  4. How to recognize and respect the work of  BIPOC in areas like housing, food security and other basic needs as Disability rights work. 

Connection Instructions

Image is of Reyma McCoy McDeid, a 40 year old light complected Black woman with long curly hair, glasses, and a large multi-colored necklace

Reyma McCoy McDeid

Reyma McCoy McDeid is the Executive Director of Central Iowa Center for Independent Living (winner of the 2018 Organization of the Year award from the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission) and serves as treasurer for both the National Council on Independent Living and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. She is the recipient of a 2019 AT&T Humanity of Connection award and her 2018 run for office was endorsed by the Working Families Party, the Asian & Latino Coalition, and Iowa Women for Progressive Change. She is also a single mom. Her work has been featured in Vice, Pantsuit Nation, TIME, The Des Moines Register, The Cedar Rapids Gazette, and Progressive Voices of Iowa. Her vocation is mobilizing marginalized persons – the working class, people of color, folks with disabilities, religious minorities, and others – to engage with the political process at every available opportunity.

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Stan wearing a gray suit with a blue and yellow tie with a Christmas tree in the background

Stanley Holbrook

Stanley Holbrook is owner of S. A. Holbrook and Associates, a management consulting firm offering organizational development, diversity and inclusion training, strategic planning, and capacity building training. Stan was previously the executive director of a CIL for over 12 years and was the past president of Pennsylvania Council for Independent Living. He was instrumental in developing the Diversity Initiative of the National Council on Independent Living. He served as the chair of the NCIL Diversity Committee and member at large of the NCIL Board for 14 years. He was the vice-chair of the governor-appointed Statewide Independent Living Council. Stan holds a Master of Public Management degree from Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University.

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