The Center for Disability Empowerment/Ohio Family Network

Leadership Academy Course

Leadership AcademyThe Center for Disability Empowerment (CDE) is pleased to offer a Leadership Academy Course made possible through a grant from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

What is the purpose of Leadership Academy?

The purpose of the program is to teach best practices in disability policy and delivery of support for individuals with disabilities; to teach competencies needed to influence public policy at all levels; to facilitate systems change in the disability community; to work toward and achieve a new vision for people with disabilities; to prepare leaders of tomorrow.

Who may participate?

Leadership Academy

Participants are selected through an application process.

  • Residents of Franklin, Delaware, Licking and Union counties
  • Parents or Caregivers of young children with disabilities
  • Individuals with I/DD
  • Preference for individuals who have had no, or minimal, experience with advocacy and leadership opportunity

Resources to download:

Leadership Academy Course Flyer

Leadership Academy Course Application | .pdf

Leadership Academy Course Application | .docx

We’re here to help

If you’re a person with a disability who lives in Franklin or Delaware County Ohio, the Center for Disability Empowerment (CDE) can help you find resources to live, learn, worship, work and play alongside people who do not have disabilities.

Our community-based, non-residential center is under your direction and guided by your choices. We will help you create an Independent Living Plan (ILP) with the steps and resources you need to reach your goals, whether they’re big or small. Here are a few examples:

  • Learn skills, such as how write a letter, interview for a job, manage money, or apply for benefits
  • Find services, such as transportation options, healthy resources, or personal care assistance
  • Defend your rights, by gaining access, speaking up, or working for broader change

CDE’s assistance is completely free for people with disabilities of any age.

Ready to get started? Click on one of the top tabs to learn more, or get in touch. We will be happy to hear from you!

Want to support people with disabilities?

 Become Compliant



Micah Hetrick assists Governor John Kasich in signing Ohio’s Employment First Executive Order, March 2012

First Columbus Power and Pride Parade


From Disability Rights Ohio:

Because of the pandemic, healthcare providers may make changes to the way patients receive care. However, patients with disabilities cannot be denied treatment because of their disability.

Use these Factsheets to learn more about your Healthcare Rights during COVID-19:

Healthcare Rights: https://bit.ly/3kPhZI2

Hospital Visitation: https://bit.ly/34ccTzB

COVID-19 Resource Center:

']); _gaq.push(['_setDomainName', 'none']); _gaq.push(['_setAllowLinker', true]); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();