REMINDER: SIL Leadership Academy Application

Applications Open for SIL’s Leadership Academy – DUE October 9th

Services for Independent Living – Ohio has opened applications for the Fall/Winter Leadership Academy. The eight-week course is designed to help individuals with disabilities develop skills to participate on nonprofit boards, community coalitions, task forces and system change committees.

The course will be held online from October 26 to December 14, 2020 on Monday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 pm . The exact dates are October 26; November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; December 7, 14.

During the training sessions, participants will develop a basic working knowledge and understanding about topics related to serving on a board, coalition, task force or committee.  Training topics include the following:

  • Community Leadership
  • Disability History & Disability Advocacy
  • Functions of a Nonprofit Board
  • Government Committees, Nonprofit Committees, Commissions, Task Forces & Councils
  • Communications, Confidentiality & Board Ethics
  • Networking and Developing Community Contacts

Upon completion of the Leadership Academy, SIL will work with participants to identify areas of interest and potential leadership opportunities in the community. Leadership Academy participants will also be paired with mentors who are Leadership Academy graduates.

Any person with a disability who wants to learn how to make a difference and gain confidence and leadership experience in community decision-making on issues important to him or her.

To apply, please contact Laura Gold for an application by calling 216-815-0015 or emailing lgold@sil-oh.orgThe deadline for applications is October 9th.  Space is limited so we encourage you to apply early. If you need help filling out the application, please let Laura know.

Source: “DD Council Connection – September 2020.” Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, Sept. 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.