My Voice. My Participation. My Board.
Brief Project Description
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 proposal intends to train two cohorts of ten (10) people per year with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate on governance boards and advisory councils. We will provide six days of face-to-face training over three weekends. Individuals will consist of self-advocates who have already been through a comprehensive educational training on self-advocacy such as Partners in Policymaking and Voices that Count. Participants will also be asked to choose a Facilitator, if they wish, who will be trained on what it means to support and amplify a self-advocates voice in a board or council setting. Participants will be selected by an application process.
Part One: Self-Awareness & Self-Advocacy
Part Two: Purpose and Components of Boards of Directors and Advisory Councils
Part Three: Translating Knowledge into Practice
We wish to establish a cohort of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with the skills and perspectives to actively contribute to the work of governance boards and advisory councils for state agencies and not-for-profit organizations in Georgia.
Susanna Miller-Raines, Project Coordinator, Center for Leadership in Disability