Professional Development & Education

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Canadian 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 It is estimated that 70% of leaders in the developmental services sector will retire in the next decade. Care providers across Canada are in need of learning opportunities to develop new skills and deepen competencies.

We are investing in a rising wave of care provider leadership through critical professional development. In partnership with the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities, the Canadian Leadership Institute for Developmental Services will foster a collaborative base of Canadian leaders dedicated to a shared vision of sustainable, person-directed and inclusive service systems for people with disabilities and their families.

Over the next two years, offering two virtual Canadian Leadership Institutes for 70 current and emerging disability service sector care provider leaders from all Canadian provinces and territories. The curriculum has been codesigned 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
  • Core competencies in disability support work
  • Workforce sustainability, management and leadership
  • Advocacy for and with people with disabilities
  • Policy development
  • 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. 

The inaugural Leadership Institute for Developmental Disabilities will take place between January 17 and February 1, 2023. Eligible applicants are invited to submit their applications to the National Leadership Consortium of Developmental Disabilities.

Early Bird Deadline: Those who apply before Oct 31st will be prioritized in the selection process.

Final Deadline to Apply: November 7th

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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