Applications are due July 18, 2018 for the Florida DD Network Collaborative Leadership Program.
This Leadership Program will be for a cadre (group) of 10 Leaders from the Florida Developmental Disabilities System. This group of next generation of leaders will include 5 Self Advocate leaders and 5 organizational leaders. The program will be one year. During the one-year program we will meet in-person three times. Each in-person meeting will be for two or three days each. The first meeting will be August 20-22, 2018. The second will be one day, December 10, 2018 and the last in-person meeting will two days, April 29- 30, 2019. In addition to the required in person meetings, there will be several online webinars and phone calls that group members will be required to completed as well.
For this program, all participants must be an Organizational Leader and/or a Self- Advocate Leader as defined below.
Organizational Leader: Work in areas of management or program leadership in organizations that provide, advocate for or fund community-based services/supports for children or adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and/or their families.
Self-Advocate Leader: A leader who has a developmental or intellectual disability.
For this program, ‘intellectual or developmental disability’ is defined in as a severe, chronic disability that is caused by a mental or physical condition (or combination of both) that started before you were 22 years old, is likely to continue for a long time and results in the need for supports over a long time in 3 or more of these areas:
The Florida DD Network Collaborative Leadership Program Information:
The Florida DD Network Collaborative Leadership Program has many goals. One goal is to increase Florida’s ability to support independence and respect for people with disabilities. Another goal is to make changes in the Florida IDD system so that people with disabilities control their own lives and are included in their communities. We want to build the next generation of leaders who will continue to promote changes to the Florida IDD system. To meet these goals, the Leadership Program will train a small cadre of up to 10 diverse DD leaders across the state of Florida. The program will help people who are part of the training develop their leadership skills. At the end of the program, leaders will work to change the Florida IDD system in collaboration with the Florida DD Network partners. The group of leaders will be able to get help from experts from across the country. Leaders will get help with:
The year-long Program will focus on improving the leadership and mentorship skills for the cadre. This will be done by in-person and online training, mentoring, and one on one support. Project staff will work with the cadre (group) to find and choose issues in the Florida IDD system. Each leader will work with others to choose an issue to make a plan to address. At the end of the program, the group will work with the National Leadership Consortium to plan a 2-day meeting with a larger group of Florida IDD systems leaders. The goal of the meeting is to train other leaders and discuss the results of the program. The cadre will share the lessons they learned, plans for change and ideas about the future of the project.
The overall goal of the Florida DD Network Collaborative Leadership Program is to help rising leaders make changes to better the Florida IDD system. To do that, we will use knowledge from national experts to train and develop leadership skills, connect leaders with others from the Florida IDD system and help leaders set goals and make a plan to improve the Florida IDD system.
Please complete and submit the form below by the due date. You will get an update about your application about a week after the due date. You will receive an email after you successfully submit this application.
This application will time out after 120 minutes. This means that if you take too long, you will lose all of your work. We suggest that you write your answers to the questions below in a word document first. When you finish your answers to all of the questions you can copy and paste the text into the application. For a preview of the full application, please click here.
Questions requiring longer responses:
These questions are listed here so you can copy and paste to a Word processing document to draft your responses. These questions are repeated within the application below. You should paste your responses in the indicated spaces on the application to submit. These questions only require a few sentence answers.
Your History: including, number of years in field, the various jobs you have held, the number of years you have been with your current organization and your role in your current organization as well as length of time in your current position. If you do not currently work for/ belong to an organization, please just include information about your history in the field.
Your Organization: Please provide your organization’s mission statement, the types of services that are provided, and your organization’s philosophy and goals. If you work for only one division of your agency, provide general organization-wide information and more specific information about your division. If you do not work for an organization, please indicate that.
Your Future: Please describe where you see yourself professionally in five years within the Florida Developmental Disability System. If you work for an organization, do you see yourself in the same organization and role? Different organization and role(s)?
The Field’s Future: Assume you are in charge of the changes that will take place for people with disabilities and their families over the next ten years in the Florida Developmental Disability System. Don’t worry about what’s possible to accomplish within current funding limits or in this amount of time - you have a magic wand at your assist! What is your vision? If you could design the changes for people with disabilities and their families, what changes would you have made ten years from now?
Interest Statement: In a few sentences, please describe why you are interested in attending the Leadership Program and how you feel it will benefit you and the Florida Developmental Disability System.
Please contact the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disability's Director of Programs, Kristen Loomis, at email@example.com if you have any issues or questions.
By applying for this Program, you agree to complete the first year, and stay involved during any consecutive years of the Program. If accepted, you are also agreeing to attend the in-person meetings on August 20-22, 2018 (Three Day Meeting), December 10, 2018 (One Day Meeting), and April 29-30, 2019 (Two Day Meeting).
Applications are now closed.