ILO Insights

Maedi Tanham Carney
Founder & Executive Director, ILO

It has been an honor and pleasure to lead ILO over the past nine years.

I have enjoyed watching the organization come to life and expand beyond what I had imagined it would become.

February 2023

The Beginning of a New Era for ILO

The past year has been a busy, crazy year of successes and challenges for ILO. It has been wonderful to see our self-advocates grow in their independence, in building relationships, and in helping one another through life’s ups and downs.  And, I am so proud of the dedicated, accomplished, and amazing staff we have.

It has been an honor and pleasure to lead ILO over the past nine years. I have enjoyed watching the organization come to life and expand beyond what I had imagined it would become.  It has been an amazing journey.  But now is the time for me to step back.  I will always be involved in ILO but my term as ILO’s Executive Director will end when we find a replacement.

The Board has actively started looking for someone who can take ILO to a new level.  I am absolutely confident we will find someone who will fit in seamlessly and who the staff and our families will embrace.  This was a very difficult decision for me to make but I know it’s the right one for me, and for ILO.

Below is some additional information about moving ILO forward and please feel free to contact me, Sally Buckman or Arthur Ginsberg if you have any questions.

ILO’s Search for a New Executive Director

The ILO  Board of Directors seeks a hands-on, entrepreneurial and strategic leader to help our well-respected nonprofit expand its reach and deepen its impact.

The next Executive Director will actively support ILO’s mission to assist our Self-Advocates transition to independent living.

Overall responsiblity will include:

  • Fundraising
  • Communications and Advocacy
  • Staff Management and Support
  • Program and Organization Development and Management
  • Financial Management

> Read the full announcement here.

> Read Board President Sally Buckman’s letter here.

> Read FAQs from Executive Director Search Committee Chairman Arthur Ginsberg here.

ILO Board Member

Arthur Ginsberg

Chairman, Executive Director Search Committee

Arthur Ginsberg has served as CEO, COO, and Executive Director of several prominent hospital, behavioral and health care systems and organizations. These include Community Residences – a non-profit supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health needs; DC Coalition of Disability Service Providers in Washington, DC; Keystone Human Services – community-based services in the areas of intellectual disabilities, autism, mental health, and early intervention; St. John’s Community Services – integrating people with developmental disabilities into the community of their choice; and, National Children’s Center – providing comprehensive and innovative services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Learn more here.

ILO Staff

Nikkia Morton

Life Coach

Nikkia Morton comes to ILO as a Life Coach. She recently moved from the Midwest to the DC area to study American Sign Language Interpreting.

 Nikkia has 8 years of experience working with individuals who are intellectually and developmentally disabled and is dedicated to the work she does. She has experience as a Community Support Specialist, Direct Support Professional and a Youth Advocate Specialist. She has certification and additional training in behavioral management, suicide prevention and employment coaching. 

 Her desire is to see everyone enjoy their lives to the fullest potential. She enjoys being a dog mom, writing and cooking.  Learn more about Nikkia.

ILO Happenings

Upcoming Events

    • February 19 – Bowling at Bowlero

    •  May 21 – Hike, Bike, & BBQ – ILO Annual Family Gathering

    •  July  28 – Bike to the Beach Fundraiser

Its’ TRUE! All ILO Fees Can Be Paid Using Self-Directed Funds

Your loved one can join ILO and be part of a Community POD where they have social connections through vibrant activities; in addition, access to the community builder who creates peer to peer relationships and a life coach who can help them grow in their independent living skills. All ILO Fees (training, assessment, community builder, life coaching & case management) can be paid with one’s self-directed budget.  Learn more HERE.

Join the ILO Community Group

Community Group Self-Advocates join us for lots of fun programs and activities in 2023 and meet other self-advocates living on their own.

Current Events

Game Night


*Non-participating ILO families, must join the ILO Community Group and must sign a waiver before participation. 

 Go to for more info or to join.

READY! SET! Bike to the Beach!!

Find out how you and your family can take part in this very fun
fundraising event – EVEN if you don’t bike.

Read our Letter to ILO Families

We’ve just earned our 2023 Gold Seal

with @CandidDotOrg!

We are excited to share the work our nonprofit does through our #NonprofitProfile. 

Learn how you can support us and make a difference.

Can We Assist YOU?

During this ‘new normal’ ILO is here to help YOUR family and SELF-ADVOCATE in every way possible.

  • Overwhelmed and don’t know where to go for assistance?
  • Lost your support (day programs, etc.), and need alternatives?
  • Running out of ideas for dealing with social isolation?

ILO is here to help! Please reach out to me directly: Maedi Tanham Carney, ILO Executive Director at

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