There are two distinct yet related challenges currently confronting the network of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families, organizations, and concerned constituents: 1) the lack of capacity across all aspects of the network to develop, nurture, and support a pool of people who are prepared to lead efforts that advance and sustain cultural and linguistic competence (CLC) and cultural diversity; and 2) there are few members of racial, ethnic, and cultural groups, including people with disabilities from these groups, presently occupying or being groomed to become leaders and assume leadership positions network-wide. The Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC), in partnership with organizations and individuals representing a broad sector of the I/DD network, are partnering to implement a Leadership Institute that will serve as a catalyst for change to address these two challenges in a manner that is consistent with the values, principles, and practices of CLC and diversity leadership.
The primary goal of the Leadership Institute is to increase the number and capacity of leaders to advance and sustain CLC and respond to the growing cultural diversity among people with I/DD in the United States, territories, and tribal communities.
Guided by its Wisdom Council, the Leadership Institute will:
It is anticipated that the Leadership Institute will: