Disability Rights for Youth


Youth Leadership Academy, Memphis June 6-9

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The Council on Developmental Disabilities and Center for Independent Living will sponsor self-advocacy training for Middle and High School students. The  Leadership Academy will prepare students for employment, post-secondary training, education and living independently.


Youth Leadership Academy at the Memphis Center for Independent Living

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The Memphis Center for Independent Living in conjunction with the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities are excited to announce a new project which will bring transitional services to students with disabilities in the Memphis and surrounding area.  The Youth Leadership Academy is designed to further drive home the services, rights, and choices that are available to students with disabilities as they transition from school to life.  The goal for School to Life is to teach self-advocacy to transition aged youth and prepare them for post-secondary training, education, employment, and living more independently. The academy has a grander vision of building a core of youth advocates to teach these skills to their peers.

The Youth Leadership Academy will be held from June 6-9, 2017 at the Memphis Center for Independent Living located at 1633 Madison Avenue.  We are putting together a training designed to bring eligible students together with speakers that will help them open doors to the transition process. We are looking for 10-20 high school students.   Topics covered during the Youth Leadership Academy will include:
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  • History of the Self-Advocacy and Independent Living Movements
  • Speaking up for Yourself: The Importance of Self-Advocacy
  • State and Community Resources for Transition-Aged Youth
  • Developing a One-Page Plan and Profile
  • Putting Technology to Work for You
  • Communicating with Legislatures and Telling Your Story
  • Post-Secondary Education opportunities    


We are asking for your help in distributing this information and identifying those students with disabilities who could benefit from this training.  All participants must complete an application in order to be considered for a spot in the Youth Leadership Academy.  Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2017.  For more information about the Youth Leadership Academy contact Tim Wheat at (901) 726-6404 or via e-mail at tim@mcil.org.

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