IEL and one of its initiatives, the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth), are hosting a Community Learning Exchange (CLE) entitled Lead On: Igniting Youth Voice, Promoting Youth Choice. The CLE is an opportunity for community teachers, leaders, and activists of all ages and stages to come together for deep, shared learning.
“Lead On” is a phrase commonly used by the disability community when advocating for civil rights issues. The phrase was popularized by Justin Dart, Jr., often known as the father of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the godfather of the disability rights movement. As a testament to Dart’s legacy, and NCWD/Youth’s history of developing youth leaders, the Lead On CLE will bring together youth with disabilities and their peer and adult allies in efforts to increase youth voice.
IEL is seeking teams of 3-5 youth and adults (including those with disabilities, family members and/or caring adults, and youth service professionals) to register for the CLE which will take place December 11-14 on the campus of Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. More information on this CLE and how to register are available online.