SABE Seeks Input on 2020 Election

Logo for SABE GoVoter Project

Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered’s (SABE) GoVote Project has opened a survey to learn about the voting experience of people with disabilities.

Whether you voted by mail-in, by absentee ballot, in-person early voting or on Election Day, the SABE GoVoter Project wants to know if you had any problems or questions about your voting experience.

This includes your experiences with registering to vote, getting information about candidates, the attitude of poll workers and issues to casting your ballot.

Source: The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council. “Council Connection.” Nov. 2020.

Upcoming Leadership Academy Course (APPLICATION DEADLINE IS 8/31)

The Center for Disability Empowerment is pleased to offer a Leadership Academy Course made possible through a grant from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

Photo flyer describing the CDE course; all details from this flyer are included below in the article. This flyer has the CDE logo and a photo of the man smiling in the top left corner. There is a logo for Ohio Family Network and a photo of a young boy and older woman facing each other smiling at the bottom of the flyer.

Photo flyer describing the CDE course; all details from this flyer are included below in the article. This flyer has the CDE logo and a photo of a man in a wheelchair smiling with his arms spread open in the top left corner of the flyer.

What is the purpose of Leadership Academy?

The purpose of the program is to teach best practices in disability policy and delivery of support for individuals with disabilities; to teach competencies needed to influence public policy at all levels; to facilitate systems change in the disability community; to work toward and achieve a new vision for people with disabilities; to prepare leaders of tomorrow.

Who may participate?

Participants are selected through an application process.

  • Residents of Franklin, Delaware, Licking and Union counties
  • Parents or Caregivers of young children with disabilities
  • Individuals with I/DD
  • Preference for individuals who have had no, or minimal, experience with advocacy and leadership opportunity


  • Participants must commit to the 8-month program which includes involvement in online meetings, contribution to group discussions and completion of homework.
  • Participants must have access to a computer with video capability and internet as well as the support necessary to use the equipment to participate in meetings and to complete homework assignments. (Note: lack of equipment will not be a reason to disqualify individuals. The program will assist in attaining appropriate technology to the greatest extent possible).

Session Style

Meetings will be held monthly on a Wednesday evening (6:00PM to 8:00PM) and Saturday morning (9:30AM to 12:30PM) in September, October, and November 2020 and in January, February, March, April and May 2021 with graduation in June. All meetings will be held virtually.

Session Schedule

September 23/26, 2020

  • Intro Meeting
  • History
  • Parent Movement
  • Independent Living Movement
  • Self-Advocate Movement

October 21/24, 2020

  • Inclusive Education
  • Lifelong Learning

November 11/14, 2020

  • Service Coordination
  • Person-Centered Planning

December 2020 – NO SESSIONS

January 20/23, 2021

  • Supported, Competitive and Customized Employment

February 24/27, 2021

  • Supported Living
  • Technology

March 24/27, 2021

  • Community Organizing, Advocacy, Using Media
  • Meeting and Communicating with Public Officials

April 21/24, 2021

  • State and Local Government/Legislation
  • Federal Government/Legislation

May 19/22, 2021

  • Serving on Boards
  • Developing a Vision for 2030



For more information or to request an application, contact either or

The Leadership Forum application is also available online at

The application deadline is Monday August 31, 2020.