Empowering Individuals, Communities and Advocates
Our mission is to translate research into sustainable community practices that contribute to independent, self-determined, inclusive and productive lives for people with disabilities and their families.
VISION AND VALUES
We envision a Georgia in which all people, with and without disabilities, urban and rural, and of all races and ethnicities are full, contributing members of their communities.
Our vision reflects our values of respect for all, recognition of essential human rights, appreciation of unique strengths and gifts, the importance of cultural competence in all programs and services, and an understanding of the positive contributions of individuals, families and communities.
We seek to be a bridge between the academic and disability communities, developing and sustaining mutually respectful partnerships and building a legacy of leaders and programs that support our mission.
CLD | A YEAR IN REVIEW
For the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD), 2021 brought many challenges and opportunities. These unprecedented times have seen us rethink how we work, with more flexibility, technological changes, and a focus on inclusivity. In the past year, we trained 4,718 professionals and assisted 325 individuals with developmental disabilities in receiving direct services. Our training and technical assistance support for individuals with disabilities and family members were 509. The Georgia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (GaLEND) program at Georgia State had 23 trainees.
We currently have 30 active research and evaluation projects at CLD. It includes 6 Autism/Developmental Disabilities, 4 Transitions, 5 Early Intervention / Positive Behavior, 4 Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, 5 Health, 3 Behavioral Health, and one other.
Our faculty and staff serve on 51 boards and committees, including 22 State/Regional, 16 Thesis/Dissertations, 7 University, and 6 National. We were part of 30 conference presentations, 22 academic publications, and 7 completed Thesis/Dissertations.
The Center for Leadership in Disability is committed to promoting accessibility by seeking to provide accommodations that ensure all stakeholders can meaningfully participate in all aspects of the center’s activities.