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1. Jimenez, Tiffeny., Golden, Simon. and Kreschmer, Jodi. "Exploring Leadership Development through the Building Alliances for Disability Leadership Project" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SCRA Biennial Meeting, Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey, Jun 18, 2009 <Not Available>. 2019-10-20 <>
Publication Type: Poster
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: The disability rights community is aging. Leaders from this community often have more obstacles to deal with on a daily basis and die earlier than the majority of other leaders nationally. Mainstream community leadership programs are seldom accessible to people with disabilities (pwds), nor do they recognize their obligation to include disability in diversity efforts. The absence of pwds skilled in leading their community presents a looming crisis for the disability rights movement. While many of the issues that created the disability rights movement have improved, the issues now facing pwds include: the need for jobs, accessible housing, accessible public transportation, decent health care and safe neighborhoods; problems that are shared across all people. With the right leadership skills and opportunities for practice, pwds can be creators of more livable communities for the future. This is the context in which Building Alliances for Disability Leadership (BAD-L) has been developed in Michigan.

BAD-L is a 2-year innovative pilot project that provides intensive leadership development opportunities for pwds utilizing networking, mentoring, and action-learning. BAD-L is currently in process of working with 18 new leaders and mentors who have together developed 9 community change projects. Each project addresses issues of concern to the disabilities community. It is expected that these new leaders and mentors will gain needed knowledge of systems, develop critical networks in their community, get leadership experiences needed over-time, and experience small wins that will motivate them to continue to function as disability leaders in their communities. Interviews have been conducted with new leaders in BAD-L after 6 months of participation to find out how the experience has shaped their leadership development. Findings indicate that participants feel they are making progress, have a broader perspective on their ability to create change, and find BAD-L to be a supportive venue in working towards community change goals.

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