Empowering Self-Advocates

Award Amount: $103,000 

Grantee: Best Buddies International, Inc. ($28,000); Ohio Self Determination Association ($44,000); Services for Independent Living ($31,000)

Council staff responsible: Leslie Paull

Goal of Grant

Over the five-year grant period, a target number of 560 self-advocate leaders with developmental disabilities will be empowered through skill development and opportunities to be effective leaders. 

Updates and Articles

Announcing the 2018 SIL Leadership Academy Session!

March 2, 2018: Services for Independent Living (SIL) is excited to announce that there will be three sessions of the Leadership Academy this year as part of a renewal grant from the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council. The Leadership Academy is designed to help people with disabilities gain skills needed to participate on community boards of directors, committees, taskforces, and coalitions in a meaningful way. The goal of the academy is to increase the number of persons with disabilities prepared to engage in community leadership roles.

Session I will begin on April 4, 2018 and is an eight-week class. Session II will be an “Immersion Class” with two classes held every week for four weeks during the month of June, beginning on June 5, 2018. Session III is scheduled to start on October 18, 2018, and is an eight-week class. The training sessions will be followed by hands-on “internship” experiences in the community. Click here to download a flyer to share with others who may be interested in applying to the Leadership Academy.

The SIL is currently accepting applications for all three sessions. Applications for Session I are due by March 20th. Space is limited so interested participants are encouraged to early. If you would like an application and/or if you have any questions, please contact Laura Gold via email at lgold@sil-oh.org or via telephone at 216-815-0015 (please leave a detailed message).

The Leadership Academy is funded by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.

DD Council Connection Newsletter Grantee Spotlight: Empowering Self Advocates

August 2017: As a part of its Self-Advocacy goal in the Five Year Plan, the Ohio DD Council (ODDC) awarded the Ohio Self Determination Association (OSDA), Services for Independent Living (SIL), and Best Buddies each a grant to empower self-advocate leaders with developmental disabilities by increasing skill development and providing opportunities to be effective leaders.

In alignment with the DD Act, self-advocacy is one of the goals of the ODDC’s Five Year Plan. The DD Act requires every Developmental Disabilities Council address these three areas:

(I) Establish or strengthen a program for the direct funding of a State self-advocacy organization led by individuals with developmental disabilities;

(II) Support opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities who are considered leaders to provide leadership training to individuals with developmental disabilities who may become leaders; and

(III) Support and expand participation of individuals with developmental disabilities in cross-disability and culturally diverse leadership.

The goal of this initiative will allow Ohioans with developmental disabilities to have an increased united, diversified voice that is recognized and respected by elected officials, stakeholders, policymakers, and people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Best Buddies Ambassador Training Dates Announced

November 2017: Download the flyer for the Best Buddies Ambassador Team Trainings in Columbus, Cleveland, and Dayton, held in November and December 2017.


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