Inter-Tribal Disability Advocacy Council (IDAC)

 Inter-Tribal Disability Advocacy Council (IDAC)

We are thrilled to bring you the latest update from the Native American Disabilities Law Center (NADLC) regarding our newest initiative, the Inter-Tribal Disability Advocacy Council (IDAC). IDAC is comprised of Native Americans with disabilities representing different tribes, pueblos and different regions across the country. As advocates for the rights and well-being of Indigenous Natives with disabilities, we are excited to announce the launch of our virtual talking circles, known as "Listening Sessions," as part of the IDAC's ongoing efforts to gather firsthand experiences and insights from Indigenous Natives throughout the United States.

The IDAC firmly believes that the voices of Indigenous Natives with disabilities must be heard and their experiences acknowledged in order to advocate for their rights effectively. Our virtual Listening Sessions provide a safe and inclusive space for individuals to share their stories and provide valuable input on the challenges they face when accessing crucial services such as healthcare, education, housing, and more.

The sessions will be conducted virtually over the summer, providing flexibility and accessibility to participants regardless of their location.

Upcoming Listening Session Dates and Times:

July 12th at 9:00 am and 4:00 pm MDT

July 22nd at 9:00 am and 4:00 pm MDT

August 10th at 9:00 am and 4:00 pm MDT

August 23rd at 9:00 am and 4:00 pm MDT

To participate in the IDAC's Listening Sessions, individuals can RSVP through our registration form at

During these sessions, participants are encouraged to express their thoughts and feelings regarding the supports and barriers they have encountered while accessing various services. The information collected will be carefully analyzed by the IDAC to identify common themes and patterns. These insights will enable us to formulate recommendations for large-scale program and policy solutions that address the specific needs and concerns of Indigenous Natives with disabilities.

The IDAC is committed to amplifying the voices of our communities and advocating for the rights and well-being of Indigenous Natives with disabilities. These Listening Sessions will play a crucial role in our efforts to identify systemic issues, highlight areas that require improvement, and propose impactful solutions. We urge individuals with disabilities from our communities to participate and help shape the policies and programs that directly impact their lives.

We encourage Indigenous Natives with disabilities across the United States to take part in these virtual Listening Sessions, as they will foster a sense of unity, understanding, and collaboration. By sharing their lived experiences, participants can contribute to the ongoing efforts to address disparities and promote inclusivity within their respective communities.