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.

May
20
Fri
6:00 pm B/DC – Bethesda Summer Concert S... @ See Activity List or GroupMe
B/DC – Bethesda Summer Concert S... @ See Activity List or GroupMe
May 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Bethesda SA’s- Meet at Glen Dora apartments or downtown Bethesda (call Gabby to coordinate meeting location) Please RSVP if you are interested in attending this event by no later than Wednesday, May 18th by[...]
May
21
Sat
1:00 pm GB – Hiking at Seneca Creek Stat...
GB – Hiking at Seneca Creek Stat...
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Please RSVP to Sam at sjoe@ilonow.org by Thursday, May 19 @ 4pm
May
22
Sun
9:00 am ALL Hike.Bike.BBQ
ALL Hike.Bike.BBQ
May 22 @ 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 $40 per person includes all the food you can eat plus a colorful ILO T-Shirt.    
May
29
Sun
1:30 pm ALL/CG Virtual Yoga – Create Calm @ Zoom
ALL/CG Virtual Yoga – Create Calm @ Zoom
May 29 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
ALL/CG Virtual Yoga - Create Calm @ Zoom
(Attendance is Highly Recommended) – You will receive the Zoom link by email shortly before the event. (All Pod) (All are Welcome to Attend) For full details and scheduled dates go to: https://www.ilonow.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/AutismSpeaks-CreateCalm-ILO-Grant-Flyer.pdf
Jun
5
Sun
1:30 pm ALL/CG Virtual Yoga – Create Calm @ Zoom
ALL/CG Virtual Yoga – Create Calm @ Zoom
Jun 5 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
(Attendance is Highly Recommended) – You will receive the Zoom link by email shortly before the event.  
Jun
9
Thu
7:00 pm FAM-POD UMC Family POD Meeting @ Zoom (By Invitation)
FAM-POD UMC Family POD Meeting @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Family POD Meetings take place every other month, allowing ILO families to build their networks of support.

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