How ILO Works

Ways to Participate in ILO

You can participate in ILO in one of two ways:

You Can Become a Participating Family

ILO Participating Families are full members of ILO who have access to all the services for their self-advocates provided by ILO.

Participating Families:

  • Have a self-advocate involved in ILO.
  • Have participated in ILO’s two-day training which helps families understand the ILO’s philosophy about community building.
  • Have had their self-advocate take the Full Life™ Skills Inventory, which identifies daily living skills that need to be developed.
  • Work with other families in their local geographic area or “pod” to work on developing and improving independent living skills, and build the relationships that strengthen their personal network of support.
  • Attend quarterly participating family meetings, pod meetings, fundraisers, committee meetings, and so on.
  • Are full members of the ILO community.

Click here to learn more about the services offered to Participating Families.

Are you interested in learning more about becoming a Participating Family? Give us a call at 202-248-7113, or email us at info@ilonow.org.


You can join the ILO Community Group

If you are not ready to commit to full ILO membership, you can join the ILO Community Group.

Community Group Members:

  • Have access to a wide range of monthly social and recreational activities for self-advocates.
  • Can attend workshops and seminars organized by the ILO on topics such as special needs financial planning, government programs, public and private service providers, and many other topics of interest to families of self-advocates.
  • Have the ability to contract with ILO to have a Skills Inventory for your self-advocate.

The ILO Community Group provides members with the opportunity to make meaningful connections and build relationships, which are the cornerstone of ILO’s philosophy.

Click here to learn more about the services offered Community Group Members.

Sep
21
Tue
5:30 pm B/DC Weekly Check in/Teaching Gr... @ The Glen Apartments
B/DC Weekly Check in/Teaching Gr... @ The Glen Apartments
Sep 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
B/DC Weekly Check in/Teaching Group & Taco Night (Bethesda/DC PODs) @ The Glen Apartments | Bethesda | Maryland | United States
Join us for our weekly check in/teaching group (Bethesda/DC pods). This week we will be cooking tacos! (Attendance is highly recommended.) (Masked and Socially Distanced) Hosted by Gabby The Glens Apartments 4998 Battery Lane Bethesda,[...]
Sep
25
Sat
9:00 am ALL Hike.Bike.BBQ
ALL Hike.Bike.BBQ
Sep 25 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
**ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED** Everyone welcome: Fully Participating Families, Community Group Families, Self-Advocates, Friends, Family, Supporters! 9:00-11:00 am – Hike or Bike in beautiful Carderock Park (optional) 11:00-1:00 pm – Picnic/BBQ $40 per[...]
Oct
5
Tue
7:00 pm Upper Montgomery County Family P... @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Upper Montgomery County Family P... @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Upper Montgomery County Family Pod Meeting @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Bethesda Family POD Meetings take place every other month allowing ILO families to build their networks of support.
Oct
12
Tue
7:00 pm What is ABLE? (PARENT PRESENTATION) @ Zoom (tbd)**
What is ABLE? (PARENT PRESENTATION) @ Zoom (tbd)**
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
*Must be an active member of ILO’s Community Group. To learn more go to: www.ilonow.org/ilo-community-group **Dates and topics subject to change based on availability of speakers.
Oct
17
Sun
3:00 pm Bowling at Bowlero, Bethesda – (... @ Bowlero Bethesda (Bowling)
Bowling at Bowlero, Bethesda – (... @ Bowlero Bethesda (Bowling)
Oct 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Self-Advocates – join us for a fun Sunday afternoon at Bowlero Bethesda. The $23.00 per person fee includes 1-1/2 hours of unlimited bowling, free shoe rental, pizza and soda (or alternative for those with food[...]
Oct
19
Tue
7:00 pm DC Family Pod Meeting @ Zoom (By Invitation)
DC Family Pod Meeting @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
DC Family Pod Meeting @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Bethesda Family POD Meetings take place every other month allowing ILO families to build their networks of support.

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