Abstract of D.N. Bryen lecture


D.N. Bryen
Temple University, USA

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities (2008) notes in its preamble, general principles, and
general obligations that persons with disabilities should have the
opportunity to be actively involved in decision-making processes about
policies and programmes, including those directly concerning them,
and that States Parties shall closely consult with and actively involve
persons with disabilities through their representative organizations.
This proposed presentation will describe the origins and purposes of
supported leadership for people with developmental disabilities
especially in light of preamble, general principles and obligations, and
Article 30 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities. SUPPORTED LEADERSHIP promotes the full
participation of individuals with intellectual and other developmental
disabilities as members of boards, advisory committees and other
decision-making entities. Key factors in promoting supported
leadership include: Technical Assistance, Individual Supports and
Training. Each of these factors will be briefly described with a focus on
the individual with developmental disability, the support person, and
non-disabled members of boards. Finally, a case study will be
presented to illustrate the use of supported leadership via Skype.
Resources on how to facilitate supported leadership will be provided
to attendees.

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