Professional Development & Education

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Leadership Institute for Developmental Services

Building strong leadership capacity in the Canadian developmental services sector is critical to the success of the caregiving field and to the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families.  As part of our commitment to education and leadership development, the Leadership Institute for Developmental Services, led by the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities, aims to foster a collaborative base of Canadian leaders dedicated to a shared vision of sustainable, person-directed and inclusive service systems for people with disabilities.

The Leadership Institute for Developmental Services will offer two virtual Canadian leadership institutes over the next two years for 70 current and emerging disability service sector leaders from all Canadian provinces. The curriculum is co-designed with agencies and provincial networks from across the country.

The institutes will focus on issues and opportunities specific to Canadian disability service sector leaders, such as improving services in rural regions and supporting First Nations communities. 

Faculty members include Canada and U.S.-based experts in:

  • Best practices in service delivery
  • Policy development
  • Core competencies in disability support work
  • Advocacy for people with disabilities
  • Workforce sustainability, management and leadership
  • Organizational change management

Ongoing support and resources will continue to be offered to participants over time to ensure continued learning and growth. This includes:

  • Inclusion in an online community of practice that already includes over 3,000 alumni and faculty from the Leadership Institute for Developmental Disabilities
  • Access to quarterly Canadian-focused learning sessions
  • Invitation to an annual conference with Canadian and American leadership institute alumni. 

More information about the Leadership Institute for Developmental Disabilities, including how to apply, will be available soon. Follow us on social media and sign-up for our newsletter for more details.

About the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities
The National Leadership Consortium was founded in 2006 to develop the current and next generation of disability sector leaders — so that they have the knowledge, skills, and values needed to transform services and systems to be responsive to the needs, wants, and rights of people with disabilities. A partnership of 18 national disability organizations. The National Leadership Consortium is the first U.S. organization solely dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of disability sector leaders.

For more than a decade, the National Leadership Consortium has supported the development of disability service sector leaders through in-person and virtual leadership networking, training, and development opportunities, as well as field related research and evaluation projects. All activities, programs, and projects focus on best practices and innovation in disability services and leadership. 

The National Leadership Consortium is an affiliate of the Council on Quality and Leadership. Founded in 1969, the Council on Quality and Leadership is a leader in working with human service organizations and systems to continuously define, measure, and improve quality of life and quality of services for youth, adults, and older adults with disabilities.

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