NILP's Education Division

We are a qualified team of professionals who are persons with disabilities and/or have many years of training and consulting experience in the disability community. Our combination of lived experience and technical expertise in disability education and compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) can help your organization deliver quality and culturally intelligent services.

June presenting

Register for our Open Enrollment Trainings

We provide a variety of training topics to the community. See our current offerings below.

We also offer customized trainings for your organization. Contact Gabe Fonseca at to learn more!

For registration questions or accommodations, please contact Mark Wheeler at Please request reasonable accommodations 4 weeks in advance of your training date.

Disability Awareness & Cultural Intelligence

As we strive to embed values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within our organizations, we must include disability!

Our trainers will guide you through conversations about ableism, disability stigmas, and intersectionality. These issues are a few of the challenges the disability community must overcome to maintain their independence.  

Topics include:

  • Civil Rights and Disability Rights Movements
  • Independent Living Philosophy
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Disability Etiquette and Language
  • Dignity of Risk
  • Intersectionality and more

2 CEUs are available for Nurses and Social Workers.

Join us Tuesday, June 7th from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (EST)!

Workplace Inclusion: Bringing Disability Front & Center

In 2020, only 17.9% of people with disabilities in the U.S. were employed. We need to do better!

Facilitated by Sheila Hegarty, M.S., Trainer and Self-Advocate, this training will cover disability and inclusion best practices through the lens of the disability experience. 

Topics include:

  • Reasonable Accommodations
  • Incorporating accessibility into documents, social media and more
  • Making employment processes inclusive

Join us Wednesday, June 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (EST)!

NILP is recognized by SHRM to offer 2 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.

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Our Education Division Can Help You With:

  • Disability Cultural Intelligence workshops in both Remote Learning and In-Person formats.
  • Consulting Services to bring your organization or municipality into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for those in nursing, social work, or human resources, and Professional Development for all occupations.
  • Fully Customized Training and Technical Assistance Services to meet your workplace needs.

A Sample of our Courses

  • Independent Living Movement and Civil Rights
  • Consumer Self-Determination and what it means for a person with a disability
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Awareness and Compliance
  • Multicultural Awareness in the Disability Community and Intersectionality
  • Disability Etiquette and the Power of Language
  • The Peer Voice and What It Means 
  • “Recovery is Real” with Mental Health Diagnoses
  • And More!
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Why Is This Important?

There is an increased need for disability education and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Our Education Division is committed to being your partner as we strive towards “Equal Access for All!”

Some of our clients include:

  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Mystic Valley Elder Services
  • AgeSpan
  • Tempus Unlimited
  • The City of Lowell
  • The Town of Groveland
  • The Town of Boxford
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Voices of Participants

"The training was amazing. It really opened my eyes to a different understanding of people with disabilities."