Sponsorship Opportunities

Remembering Paul W. Spooner


Help cultivate the next generation of disability leaders by sponsoring the summit at Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough, MA.

Sponsorship Levels

Networking Reception
$1,000: General Assembly/All Attendees. Sponsors: Cape Organization for Rights of the Disabled; "Keep the Dream Alive" Charlie Carr and Karen Langley, Disability Policy Consortium

$2,500: General Assembly/All Attendees. Boston Independent Living Center

$5,000: General Assembly/All Attendees. Sponsor: Available

All sponsorships include announcements throughout event, your name on event signage. BCIL is a non-profit 501c(3) and all donations are tax deductible. BCIL Taxpayer ID: 04-2546595

Make checks payable to BCIL Leadership and mail check to 60 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111. Visit: hhttps://bostoncil.org/donate/ to make online donation.

BCIL is a non-profit 501c(3) and all donations are tax deductible. BCIL Taxpayer ID: 04-2546595

Applications for 2023 now closed. See you this month!

Paul W. Spooner

Generational Leadership Summit 2023


Use the form below to apply if you would like to join a conference of the next generation of leaders to attend an all expenses paid leadership summit, Friday, September 29 through Saturday, September 30 at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough, MA.

Scroll down for the conference application.

Summit Description

The Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC), Disability Policy Consortium (DPC), and Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL) are hosting a Leadership Summit on the future of disability advocacy on September 29-30, 2023 in Marlborough, MA.

The summit will include the new generation of disability advocacy leaders, and emerging leaders in advocacy in social justice for services, programs, and the human and civil rights of people with disabilities in Massachusetts. Approximately 20 new and emerging leaders will be brought together with some existing leaders to discuss where disability advocacy needs to go in the coming decade and what we can learn from the past that got us to where we are today.

Many thanks to Sue Rorke for providing the photos of Paul used on this website.

What support do leaders need?

The two-day summit is designed to learn and understand from younger leaders what they need to continue growing and successfully address issues and how our collective communities can support their work in the years to come. As older leaders age out of the movement or pass on, the disability community can't afford a gap in planning, knowledge, and creating a blueprint for change. Now is the time to prepare for the future!

What issues must be tackled?

First and foremost, protection of advances made in civil and disability rights over the past three or four decades must be preserved and strengthened. Summit sponsors, in conjunction with a planning team, will identify additional critical priorities in the short and long term that will be incorporated into the program. The processes for effective leadership will be examined. Issues related to poverty, housing, food insecurity, health care, employment, transportation, and discrimination including racism, and stigma will be carefully discussed. Envisioning tangible measures of progress over time will be a key part of the summit program.

What must be done to build our advocacy?

As new leaders evolve, social justice and intersectionality have become a thriving platform for growth and shared power. We will discuss what intentional intersectional strategies make sense to advance disability rights and civil rights. Aligning with other marginalized groups and ensuring that the disability agenda is on their agenda, and vice versa, will be a prominent topic. Additionally, embracing and including BIPOC, LGBTQIA, and non-binary people, among others, in positions of power, must move from aspirational to a disability advocacy norm.