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?
I do not know other people with disabilities
I do not feel connected to the broader disability community in Arizona
I do not receive information about policy and legislative issues impacting me as a person who has a disability
I want to be more involved in my community
I lack the knowledge and tools to be an effective advocate in my community
I want to be involved in policy and legislative decisions that impact people who have disabilities in the state