Diana Helt, GLASA’s Grants and Program Evaluation Director, has been selected to participate in the ADA25 Chicago Leadership Institute for People with Disabilities. Helt was one of 16 leaders chosen from a field of nearly 60 applicants. The Institute, the first of its kind in the country, featured 4 days of intensive leadership training in early December 2015. That training was designed to address two key needs: the desire of public officials, non-profit boards and others for a pipeline of qualified people with disabilities; and the perception of many people with disabilities that they lack access to the networks that can facilitate entry to leadership positions.
This Institute, and the yearlong Connections Project that follows it, will help ensure there is a group of local leaders with disabilities to serve in public, private and nonprofit leadership positions, in order to ensure that people with disabilities are fully included in all facets of Chicago’s civic leadership.
This is one of the ongoing programs from ADA25 Chicago‘s celebration of the 25th anniversary of passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2015. GLASA is proud to be one of the partner organizations supporting ADA25 Chicago.