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Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion

Sunday, November 16 through Thursday, November 20, 2014
Pearlstone Center near Baltimore MD.

The mission of the Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion (JLIDI) is to provide leadership training and support to prepare participants to promote and support inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community and Jewish life.

The Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion supports participants' work directly with people with disabilities and their families as well as provides guidance to navigate inclusion initiatives to ensure that people with disabilities are supported in every aspect of your organization.

Institute participants will come away with demonstrated leadership ability and a firm grasp of the Jewish values that inspire full and meaningful inclusion and support quality in organizational practice. Both current leaders and those who anticipate filling these leadership roles in the future in agencies that serve adults that have intellectual and developmental disabilities are invited to apply

The Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion is not a conference. It is a four day intensive leadership development retreat that prepares participants to return to their own organizations with strategies to support people with disabilities in new ways and develop organizational inclusion initiatives. It is designed to support participants’ leadership roles to create enduring communal engagement with people with disabilities and their families.

Participants may work in areas of management or program leadership or be volunteer leaders or board members in organizations that provide or recognize the need to provide resources, services, programming, advocacy or funding in an effort to include people with disabilities in community and Jewish life.

People who attend the Jewish Leadership Institute should be prepared to participate fully in the leadership development program. You must be able to arrive in time to start the program late Sunday afternoon and stay through its conclusion Thursday afternoon. The program will require your full focus. Unlike more familiar conferences, the Institute does not allow for selecting certain sessions or coming in and out of the learning environment. We urge you to apply only if you can limit work commitments for the week and barring family emergencies, participate fully.

Jewish Leadership Institute on on Disability and Inclusion
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

All applications need to be submitted electronically by September 4, 2014. Applications are available here.

What is the Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion?

The Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion is built on the belief that engaging communities to develop inclusion initiatives requires providing comprehensive and collaborative support to those communities, and by offering Jews with disabilities multiple points of entry in their communities. To build this initiative we provide leadership development to lay and professional leaders who represent Jewish organizations that specifically serve people with disabilities and "mainstream" Jewish organizations that serve the Jewish community in a variety of capacities.

See sample schedule to get a feel for the richness of a Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion.

Learn more about the speakers of the Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion here.

The focus will be on determining and setting organizational direction, moving the organization to a high-performance model and building a lifetime network of peers and leaders to sustain career growth.

Topics That Will be Covered:

  • The history of the field as a context for change and trends for the future;
  • Understanding one's own strengths and needs relevant to leadership;
  • Managing people, budgets and organizational relationships;
  • Understanding the connections between Jewish values and those that guide supports for people with disabilities;
  • Determining your own values and influences and how these impact your role as leader;
  • Achieving true self-directed supports;
  • Managing for quality and outcomes to meet the needs and desires of people with disabilities and their families;
  • Funding inclusion;
  • Strategic planning, strategically-driven decision making, and organizational change;
  • Creating a cross-organizational inclusion initiative;
  • Selecting and supporting quality staff;
  • Assuring commitment to positive values/promoting a positive organizational culture;
  • Building leadership within one's organization and community;
  • Applying strategies for problem-solving;
  • Adapting to philosophical, organizational, and public policy shifts;
  • Having a positive impact on public policy and the future of services.

Links to more information:

To apply online, click here.

To learn more about the Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion, e-mail Nancy Weiss at nweiss@udel.edu.