Register now for the Embrace Your Disability Conference, held on June 18th, 2021.

Dakota Center for Independent Living

Embrace Your Disability Conference Registration

June 18, 2021
7:30am – 4:30pm CST
Live at the Bismarck Event Center and Virtual via Zoom

Join DCIL/YESS in the third annual Embrace Your Disability Conference. YESS aims to educate the community about disability and empower youth age 14-24 to be extraordinary.


*Notice for virtual attendees: Students, caregivers and people with disabilities who would like to attend virtually should register by mail for a discounted price ($20/attendee). Print Registration Form

Key Note Speakers

Ross Szabo

Talking about emotions can be a challenge, but Ross Szabo’s brutally honest, relatable and humorous approach puts audiences at ease as they confront a difficult topic. Ross uses tasteful humor and insights to help participants understand common mental health conditions and individual differences. He also covers warning signs that students can look for in their friends and peers, as well as resources that can provide guidance in these sensitive situations.

Mariah Kilbourne

Mariah Kilbourne works full time for the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) Small Business Development Center (SBDC). In that role, she coordinates and organizes more than 200 annual training workshops and assists with special events. She has been honored to serve as Ms. Wheelchair Texas in 2012 & Ms. Wheelchair America in 2013. Mariah is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. She will be speaking from experience about inclusion, accessibility, and leadership.

In-Person Conference Information


Live at Bismarck Event Center
and virtual via ZOOM
315 South 5th Street Bismarck, ND 58504

Prairie Rose Meeting Rooms and upper Level Lobby


Included in registration for those in attendance

Our food will be catered by Baymont Inn. Lunch will be gluten and dairy free. 

About Us


The Dakota Center for Independent Living believes in empowering people with disabilities by minimizing barriers, advocating for inclusion and promoting consumer choice.

We Believe

that diverse and fully inclusive organizations empower individuals, heal communities, and create a better world for all of us.

We Envision

an inclusive society in which youth with disabilities have the access, support, and confidence to achieve their full potential. We believe that youth with disabilities who are educated, mentored, and empowered have a profoundly positive impact on their communities and the world.

Contact Info

Jacey Enget @ 701-400-2153 (President of YESS)
Vicki @ 701-222-3636 (DCIL coordinator)