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Institute on Disabilities at Temple University


Inclusive Leadership in Action

Diversity Includes Disability

This three-part webinar series is designed to promote meaningful connections and leadership oppportunities between individuals with disabilities and your Board of Directors.

PART 1: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Considering Individuals with Disabilities as Members of Your Board of Directors
with Guy Caruso, PhD and John Tague

  • Examine the value of diversity on decision making bodies
  • Learn how to include individuals with disabilities on your decision making bodies
  • Understand the benefits to your organization of having a diverse group of decision makers

Archived Part 1 Webinar

PART 2: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
How to Accommodate Individuals with Disabilities as Members of Your Board of Directors
with Kathy Miller, Jaclyn Michelle Nagle and Lynette Savoy

  • Discover a variety of accommodations for individual experiencing different types of disabilities
  • Learn how individuals with disabilities are accommodated in ways that benefit other board members
  • Hear from presenters as they share their personal experience of being accommodated as Board members

Webinar Part 2 Webinar

PART 3: Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 12 PM - 1 PM
Creating a Successful Group Culture on Your Boards of Directors
with Greg Crowley and Una Martone

  • Learn how to build a culture of close listening
  • Discover tools and processes to support equal participation
  • Understand how to share knowledge effectively among board members

Archived Part 3 Webinar

Do you currently serve on a decision-making body? Take this survey for board members.

Dear Board Member,

We invite you to participate in this brief survey to help us learn the current mindset of local board members regarding diversity and the best way to support decision making bodies to expand their leadership reach and effectiveness through meaningful inclusion of qualified people with disabilities.

The Inclusive Leadership in Action project is a grant funded initiative awarded to Temple University's Institute on Disabilities by the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council. Community collaborators include Leadership Harrisburg; The Coro Center for Civic Leadership: Pittsburgh; Self Advocates United as 1 and JT Consulting Services. The purpose of the project is to support community organizations to include people with disabilities on their decision-making boards.

Thank you for taking this very brief survey. In under 10 minutes, your participation and comments help us to better our communities by expanding diversity awareness and leadership.

Board Member Recruitment Survey

Thank you,
Inclusive Leadership In Action Advisory Committee


The Inclusive Leadership in Action project is designed to develop and disseminate evidence-based resources, tools, materials and techniques with the goal of including individuals with disabilities on decision-making bodies of generic community organizations. Partners for this project are Leadership Harrisburg (LHA); the Coro Center for Civic Leadership: Pittsburgh (Coro), JT Consulting Services; and Self Advocates United as 1 (SAU1).

PHOTO: meeting of several people led by self-advocateFunded by the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council, Inclusive Leadership in Action will demonstrate to community organizations the intrinsic and evidence-based value of including people with disabilities from a wide range of cross disabilities on decision making bodies. Inclusive Leadership in Action will provide comprehensive support to selected diverse, generic community organizations to enable them to recruit, support and sustain qualified individuals with disabilities as fully participating, valued committee and board members able to provide a greater range of perspectives and solutions to challenges facing today's community organizations.

Project Details

To bring about social change in the composition of community organizations' decision making groups, the Inclusive Leadership in Action project will provide community organizations with the tools and resources necessary to select qualified individuals with disabilities to sit on their organization's decision making bodies. At the start of the project, the Institute along with its partners will identify, develop and disseminate educational materials to targeted community organizations in order to meet this goal.

Community organizations will be provided with the methods and resources on how to identify and recruit interested individuals with disabilities who are interested in being matched as potential candidates on committees and boards in selected generic community organizations. Organizations will also be provided with the necessary materials and tools to include and accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities from a wide range of cross disabilities as contributing members of an organization's decision making bodies.

Advisory Committee

The Inclusive Leadership in Action project has an Advisory Committee comprised of individuals committed to sharing their skills and knowledge of the disability community, generic community organizations, leadership development and community board membership to fulfill the project mission.

If you are interested in serving on a board or committee in the Pittsburgh or Harrisburg area, or if you know someone who would, please download the form below, print it and complete and send the form.
DOWNLOAD FORM TO PRINT (software plugin may be required - download Adobe Acrobat here):
ILA Board Membership Interest Form

For information about becoming a part of the Inclusive Leadership in Action project, for your organization or for yourself as a participant contact:
Denise Beckett, project coordinator

ILA Pennsylvania-wide Partners include:

GRAPHIC, Coro Pittsburgh logo
GRAPHIC, Leadership Harrisburg Area logo
Leadership Harrisburg Area
GRAPHIC, JT Consulting Services logo
JT Consulting Services
GRAPHIC, Self Advocates United as 1 logo
Self Advocates United as 1

This program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University is funded by Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.