▸ 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 with disabilities in the state
What is AZCLA?
The Arizona Community Leadership Academy seeks to increase leadership and community participation among people who have disabilities. Academy graduates learn about disability and Independent Living history, systems advocacy, and the skills they need to serve as community leaders on boards, councils and commissions. AZCLA is offered by Arizona’s Independent Living Network at six locations across the state.
AZCLA will provide free statewide trainings that focus on disability and Independent Living history, advocacy skills, community leadership, mentoring and peer support, and the specific tools needed to serve on boards, councils, and commissions.
▸ Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council
▸ Assist to Independence
▸ DIRECT Center for Independence
▸ New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center
▸ Services Maximizing Independent Living and Empowerment
The AZCLA will begin this summer and will offer training across the state at no cost to participants. The Academy consists of multiple class sessions held over a six week period of time. Academy sessions include eight to twelve participants and are held multiple times each year. The Academy will be offered at each of Arizona’s five Centers for Independent Living and in Mohave County.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Academy, enter your information HERE to receive regular updates on upcoming trainings and more.