ILO Insights

Maedi Tanham Carney
Founder & Executive Director, ILO

March 2023

Spring Forward and Let Your Dreams Blossom

It’s hard to believe it’s already Spring.  This year is really flying by.

Yes, forward is the direction we are all headed as we work toward helping our self-advocates achieve their dreams.  Our current team is wonderful and it’s fun to watch them work together to plan activities that they know will help develop the friendships and relationships we are trying to build.

We have a pretty full calendar and lots of fun things in the works. Please make sure your self-advocate is not missing out.  We have provided information below on upcoming events and activities and we are making an effort to provide more lead time.  Check our calendar for details.

We have started rolling out our new reports which provide more information in a streamlined format.  Please look for them in your folder and let us know if you have any suggestions for improvements.

The search for a new Executive Director is ongoing. You’ll find the description and additional information in the newsletter.

Thank you for all you do to help make ILO a successful support system for all our families and self-advocates.  I look forward to seeing you in person at some of the upcoming events.


ILO Happenings

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 are looking for riders!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

We Need Your Help Now!
Will You Help Support ILO?

The services that we provide to our self-advocates are largely funded by fundraising events, and by donations. Please consider a donation to help us continue providing support!

The CARE Act permits eligible individual taxpayers who do not itemize deductions to take an above-the-line deduction of up to $300 for qualified charitable contributions made during such taxable year, except for contributions to a non-operating private foundation or to a donor advised fund.

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