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Applications being accepted now for Disability Leadership Academy

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Disability Leadership Academy to start February 18th, applications open now

Applications for the 2017 Disability Leadership Academy are now being accepted through January 9th. This program is scheduled to run from February through June 2017 on 10 Saturdays from 10 3 p.m. The sessions will consist of both a training session and project work on community engagement. 

People with disabilities who are 18 or older may apply for this intensive leadership course. The Disability Leadership Academy offers training and practical experience for persons with disabilities who want to affect public policy and create social change within communities. 

Leadership Academy graduates will advance their skills in project planning, event organizing, navigating political systems, building community, and more.

Anyone interested in applying or finding more the Academy, may check out the Disability Program’s webpage. The webpage offers dates of the sessions, responses to frequently asked questions, and the application for enrolling in the program.

Questions about the application process, how to support the academy, and other inquiries can be directed to Joanne Johnson, disability program coordinator, by email at She may also be contacted at 503-823-9970.

Those who applied during the summer do not need to reapply. If they wish to provide updated information, they may do so by contacting Johnson, using the contact information above.