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Upcoming Online Opportunity: Leadership Academy

The Center for Disability Empowerment (CDE) is pleased to offer a Leadership Academy course made possible through a grant from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities


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 Central Ohio
  • 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 are selected via application
  • Participants must commit to the 8-month program which includes involvement in on-line 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.)
  • Meetings will be held monthly on a Wednesday evening (6PM-8PM) and Saturday morning (9:30AM-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.
  • (See Session Schedule for dates, topics and presenters).

  • Leadership Academy Flyer (PDF)
  • Leadership Academy Application (DOC)
  • Leadership Academy Application (PDF)


For more information or to request an application contact 

The Center for Disability Empowerment

510 E. North Broadway, 4th Floor

Columbus, Ohio  43214


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