A Leadership Training for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
With the growing power of the self-advocacy movement, there is increasing recognition by organizations of the importance and value of including individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities as full members of governance boards and advisory councils. One challenge many organizations face is recruiting members with the skills to participate meaningfully on governance boards and advisory councils; unfortunately, far too few individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities have had opportunities and experiences to prepare them to make meaningful contributions in governance and advisory roles.
This project intends to train individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate on governance boards and advisory councils. The Center for Leadership in Disability provides six days of face-to-face training over three weekends. Participants will consist of self-advocates who have already been through a comprehensive educational training on self-advocacy such as Advocacy 101, AADD/BDI Ambassadors, Partners in Policymaking and Voices that Count OR individuals who are already serving on a council or board. Participants are selected by an application process.