More About the Florida DD Collaborative Leadership Program

How will Participants Benefit?

The Florida DD Network Collaborative Leadership Program will:

  • Build your leadership skills and strengths
  •  Help you identify issues in the Florida DD system that limit the rights of people with disabilities
  •  Help you develop a plan to improve issues in the Florida IDD system
  •  Build and develop your skills to support younger Florida I/DD leaders

To do that, the Florida DD Network Collaborative Leadership Program will :

  • Help you find your own strengths and needs to become a better leader
  • Help you grow and become better at advocating for yourself and others
  • Help you become a mentor to other advocate leaders Help you impact systems change
  • Help you advocate for more inclusive policy
  • Help you advocate for better services and supports for people with IDD
  • Help you advocate for services and supports that respect diverse people with IDD and their families.
  • Help you make plans to solve problems in the Florida IDD system
  • Connect you with others who are interested in IDD issues
  • Help you make sure that other advocates are heard

Who Should Apply?

Applicants should work in areas of management or program leadership in organizations that provide, advocate for, or fund community-based services and support for people with developmental disabilities and their families and/or be a self-advocate in the Florida IDD system. Applicants should also be interested in helping to change the current IDD field in Florida and improving their leadership skills.  

Institute participants will come away with demonstrated leadership ability and a firm grasp of the values that are critical for quality, individualized supports. Both current executive-level leaders and those who anticipate filling these leadership roles in the future are invited to apply.  

What Does the Program Include?

The year-long Program will focus on improving the leadership and mentorship skills for the cadre. This will be done by in-person and online training, mentoring, and one on one support. Project staff will work with the cadre (group) to find and choose issues in the Florida IDD system. Each leader will work with others to choose an issue to make a plan to address. At the end of the program, the group will work with the National Leadership Consortium to plan a 2-day meeting with a larger group of Florida IDD systems leaders. The goal of the meeting is to train other leaders and discuss the results of the program. The cadre will share the lessons they learned, plans for change and ideas about the future of the project. We want to build the next generation of leaders who will continue to promote changes to the Florida IDD system.

As mentioned above, there is a mentoring part of this Program. Each cohort (group) member will be paired with a mentor from the Florida IDD field who shares similar interests and skills. The mentor will help to build leadership skills, offer resources and suggestions, and work with the cohort (group) members to address state-wide issues through the created plans. .

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Can I Nominate a Leader?

If you would like to nominate a leader for this Program, please complete this form [Link] and follow the submission instructions. Nominating a leader does not guarantee them a spot. It simply strengthens a potential applicants' application.

For an application form, click here

To learn more about the Leadership Program, e-mail Kristen Loomis at

Sponsored by United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc.