Ability Central strives to promote knowledge sharing in the disability field by providing opportunities for our grantees to network with one another. As such, Ability Central invited all of its 2019 and 2020 grantees to a one-day gathering comprised of networking and learning opportunities as a part of ongoing non-grant support. A total of 37 representatives from 25 grantee organizations made the trip to Preservation Park in downtown Oakland, CA. The meeting day held a mix of presentations (New Communication Access Technologies and Social Media Accessibility) and small-group breakout sessions (2020 project introductions and 2019 lessons learned). It cumulated in a reception that included thought-provoking reflections on disability and language, the announcement of the California awardees of the Joint RFP with the WITH Foundation, and finally yet importantly time for informal socializing and networking.
The annual grantee gathering is the most important event of the year for Ability Central. Associate Program Officer, Silke Brendel Evan said, "It is exciting and humbling to hear grantees share the amazing work they have accomplished or are planning for the upcoming year. Subject matter experts from all over the state (and beyond) come together, meaningful questions are being asked, discussions arise, and ideas spark."
We love it so much, we are going to do it again next year. “Au revoir” in Oakland 2021!