Council on Leadership in Advocacy (COLA)

 

Purpose

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The purpose of the Council on Leadership and Advocacy (COLA) is to enhance the Association of University Centers on Disabilities by fostering current and new leaders with lived experience of disability, including their family members, to promote leadership in their programs and communities. Council membership will expand to include directors, faculty, staff, and advisers at center programs, and CAC members.

 
 

How COLA Relates to AUCD and Its Work

COLA works to enhance AUCD by fostering and supporting current and new leaders with lived experience of disability, including their family members in order to promote this same leadership in their programs, communities, and regions, and to serve in liaison roles with local disability leadership. The Council helps the association to:

  • Build effective partnerships with other AUCD Councils and Committees, federal agencies, and other national disability groups.
  • Build the capacity of UCEDD Consumer Advisory Committees.
  • Develop leaders and mentors that build the capacity of the network to affect change at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Assist in the development of standards for participation of people with disabilities and family members in AUCD network centers and programs
  • People with disabilities and family members participate in program planning, research, and evaluation.

 
 

Membership

The Council on Leadership in Advocacy, also known as COLA, is made up of individuals with disabilities and family members from each AUCD network center and program. COLA members are involved in Community Advisory Councils at UCEDDs, AUCD Councils and Committees, AUCD Special Interest Groups, and other advocacy opportunities. Membership is open to anyone in the AUCD network. However, each center will designate an individual representative who will cast one vote when a matter before the Council requires such action.

 
 

2018 Focus Areas

The 2018 COLA annual plan has been drafted to align with the AUCD 2018 Strategic Map.

 

  • Diversity & Equity: Utilize network resources to support COLA membership.
  • Leadership: COLA membership champions and model diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Research: 1) Increase visibility of COLA within AUCD network; 2) COLA is an integral partner to strengthen network engagement and collaboration; 3) People with I/DD &/or family members lead or direct research within AUCD network.
  • Policy: COLA contributes to AUCD network policy, practices, and research.
 
 

COLA Leadership

 

 

 
 

Upcoming Events
of Interest to
COCA Members

Advice from Medical Providers  Copy to Calendar
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Advice from Family Members and Caregivers on Dealing with COVID-19  Copy to Calendar
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Advice from People who have a Disability on Dealing with COVID-19  Copy to Calendar
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Session 4: Advice on Your Questions  Copy to Calendar
Thursday, April 30, 2020

2020 START National Training Institute  Copy to Calendar
Monday, May 4, 2020 - Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Institute on Theology & Disability  Copy to Calendar
Monday, May 18, 2020 - Thursday, May 21, 2020

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NEW ON THE COLA
WEB PAGES

 

3/30/2020

Join us! Autism Acceptance Month Webinar Series

AUCD's Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) is sponsoring a series of four webinars for Autism Acceptance Month. Topics will range from parent training to reducing disparities to treating mental health issues in people with ASD. We will also sponsor a special webinar aimed at the engagement of autism stakeholders in research and service initiatives.

 
 

3/17/2020

Jennifer Rabalais Awarded Scholarship from CVS Health Foundation

Jennifer Rabalais, Co-Director of the Center on Aging and Community Living (CACL) was awarded a scholarship from the CVS Health Foundation to attend the 2020 American Society on Aging (ASA) Leadership Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. She received this honor for her regional and national leadership in the aging arena.

 
 

3/5/2020

IU Research and Training Institute in Disability and Community Expands to Include Eppley Institute

Indiana University Bloomington has announced that the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands will become a seventh Indiana Institute on Disability and Community research center this summer. .

 

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