Council on Leadership in Advocacy (COLA)

 

Purpose

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The purpose of the Council on Leadership and Advocacy (COLA) is to enhance the Association of University Centers on Disabilities by fostering current and new leaders with lived experience of disability, including their family members, to promote leadership in their programs and communities. Council membership will expand to include directors, faculty, staff, and advisers at center programs, and CAC members.

 
 

How COLA Relates to AUCD and Its Work

COLA works to enhance AUCD by fostering and supporting current and new leaders with lived experience of disability, including their family members in order to promote this same leadership in their programs, communities, and regions, and to serve in liaison roles with local disability leadership. The Council helps the association to:

  • Build effective partnerships with other AUCD Councils and Committees, federal agencies, and other national disability groups.
  • Build the capacity of UCEDD Consumer Advisory Committees.
  • Develop leaders and mentors that build the capacity of the network to affect change at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Assist in the development of standards for participation of people with disabilities and family members in AUCD network centers and programs
  • People with disabilities and family members participate in program planning, research, and evaluation.

 
 

Membership

The Council on Leadership in Advocacy, also known as COLA, is made up of individuals with disabilities and family members from each AUCD network center and program. COLA members are involved in Community Advisory Councils at UCEDDs, AUCD Councils and Committees, AUCD Special Interest Groups, and other advocacy opportunities. Membership is open to anyone in the AUCD network. However, each center will designate an individual representative who will cast one vote when a matter before the Council requires such action.

 
 

2018 Focus Areas

The 2018 COLA annual plan has been drafted to align with the AUCD 2018 Strategic Map.

 

  • Diversity & Equity: Utilize network resources to support COLA membership.
  • Leadership: COLA membership champions and model diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Research: 1) Increase visibility of COLA within AUCD network; 2) COLA is an integral partner to strengthen network engagement and collaboration; 3) People with I/DD &/or family members lead or direct research within AUCD network.
  • Policy: COLA contributes to AUCD network policy, practices, and research.
 
 

COLA Leadership

 
 

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6/21/2019

AUCD Celebrates the Anniversary of the Olmstead Decision

"Olmstead sent a clear message that people with disabilities have a right to thrive in their own homes, and that self-determination and community integration are not just aspirational goals, but a fundamental human right," said Andrew Imparato, Executive Director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.

 
 

6/17/2019

The Boggs Center (NJ UCEDD/LEND) Celebrates Graduation of New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2018-2019

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities hosted a graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2018-2019. New Jersey Partners in Policymaking is a leadership development and advocacy education program for adults with developmental disabilities and family members available through The Boggs Center with funding from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities. This year's graduates included 10 self-advocates and 15 family members prepared to work toward meaningful change in our state.

 
 

6/17/2019

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) SENSE Theatre enriches performances with Musical Talent from Artist on the Autism Spectrum

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) investigator Blythe Corbett and participants of the Winter 2019 SENSE Theatre program recently performed the original musical "The Makeover" to appreciative audiences. Their performances were the culmination of practice and hard work put in by young actors with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), typically developing peer actors, and, new this year, a new musician who is also on the spectrum.

 
 

6/16/2019

Call for Proposals - CONNECT #PacRim2020

The University of Hawaii at Manoa, Center on Disability Studies, in the College of Education, is accepting presentation proposals to be featured at the 35th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity at the Hawaii Convention Center, March 2-3, 2020. Submissions are being accepted from June 1, 2019-December 1, 2019 at www.pacrim.hawaii.edu.

 
 

6/10/2019

WITH Foundation Awards $392,000 to Promote Comprehensive and Accessible Healthcare

AUCD was awarded funding to support the Turn up the HEAT On (Health is for Everyone Action Team). The project builds on successful efforts led by the AUCD to include Developmental Disabilities in medical education. The project will implement Developmental Disability (DD) competency in medical education by leveraging AUCD's network to build capacity and develop leadership of medical schools in a three- state pilot (West Virginia, Kentucky, and Alabama).

 
 
Somali parents with Marnie Morneault, April Fournier and Crystal Cron

6/6/2019

Parent Advocacy Training for Somali Parents of Children with Autism (ME UCEDD and NH-ME LEND)

Over the past two decades, Maine has experienced rapid growth of racially, ethnically and linguistically diverse populations. Although Maine's population is largely White (95%), children in Maine are disproportionately from minority populations; currently 9% of children in Maine are from a race other than White.

 
 

6/4/2019

AUCD Professional Fellow Alumni Wins Prestigious State Department Award

Maria Omare of Kenya (AUCD ProFellow 2017) is One of Four Winners

Maria Omare, an alumna of the ADA International Fellowship Program's Spring 2017 Cohort, has been selected for the prestigious Alumni Impact Award by the Professional Fellows Division of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

 
 

5/28/2019

54 Learn the Signs.Act Early. Ambassadors Complete Annual Training at NCBDDD/CDC

42 new Learn the Signs. Act Early. Ambassadors joined forces with a veteran cohort of 12 Ambassadors representing 48 states, 3 territories and the District of Columbia on the campus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the Annual Act Early Ambassador Training April 30-May 1, 2019 hosted by the Learn the Signs. Act Early.

 
 

5/28/2019

Intelligent Lives Comes to Moscow ID (ID UCEDD)

The Idaho Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD), in collaboration with the University of Idaho Center for Disability Access and Resources (CDAR), hosted a community screening of the documentary Intelligent Lives, created by Dan Habib. Preceding the event was a resource fair with different resources available on campus and within the Moscow community. Following the screening was a panel discussion addressing questions that were brought up within the film. CDHD brought this documentary to the university to broaden the understanding of intelligence testing and how people with intellectual disabilities are disproving assumptions made about them due to their IQ score.

 
 

5/28/2019

The Center for Leadership in Disability's 10th Year Anniversary Events (GA UCEDD)

Atlanta, GA - The Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University hosted four events to commemorate their 10-year anniversary. The speakers selected are internationally known experts in their fields and all four exude the values of leadership and inclusion that have informed CLD's work over the past 10 years.

 

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