What is the Arizona Community Leadership Academy?

The AZCLA was brought to Arizona as a response to input received from public forums held across the state during the development of the current State Plan for Independent Living. Participants said they do not feel connected to the disability community in Arizona, they do not receive information about policy and legislative issues, they do not understand how to get involved, and they lack the knowledge and tools to be effective advocates in their communities.

The mission of the Arizona Community Leadership Academy is to provide training designed to build awareness of disability and Independent Living History, systems advocacy, and leadership skills among people who have disabilities in the state of Arizona. Participants discover the skills they need to serve on boards, commissions, councils and assume other leadership roles in their communities.

Can You Relate?

Arrow  I do not know other people with disabilities

Arrow  I do not feel connected to the broader disability community in Arizona

Arrow  I do not receive information about policy and legislative issues impacting me as a person who has a disability

Arrow   I want to be more involved in my community

Arrow   I lack the knowledge and tools to be an effective advocate in my community

Arrow  I want to be involved in policy and legislative decisions that impact people who have disabilities in the state

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About 1 in 5 people in Arizona, and 57 million people in the United States report that they have a disability.

This is approximately 20% of the population.

However, less than half of one percent of government leadership roles are held by people who have disabilities.

READY TO ENROLL?


The Community Leadership Academy is currently offered in six Counties across Arizona and is free of charge to participants. Getting started is easy; just fill out the online application and someone will contact you. 

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