Professional Development

Self-Advocate Leadership Training

The Mailman Center for Child Development has several leadership training opportunities available for Self-Advocates and people with disabilities, all of which are part of our Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) training program.

Our signature program is Project SALT.
Project Self Advocate Leadership Training’s (SALT) vision is to produce an ever-growing cadre of individuals with disabilities with the capacity for self-determination, independence and the ability to participate in their communities in meaningful ways. We teach a leadership skills curriculum to individuals with disabilities so that they can learn strategies to advocate for themselves, others and affect larger systems change. The main outcomes of our program are: to increase the knowledge of self-directed decision making, increase community involvement, join self-advocacy organizations or support groups, increase knowledge of serving on boards, increase knowledge of the legislative process and are mentoring other Self-Advocates. The 3-day intensive curriculum engages a small of group of ten individuals with varying disabilities over age 22 in experiential self advocacy training.

The goal of the project is to produce an ever-growing cadre of individuals with the capacity for self-determination, independence and the ability to participate in their communities in meaningful ways. Classes are offered once a year in Miami at Mailman Center and other locations in Florida.

The three day intensive (10 am-4 pm) includes:
• Disability History/civil rights, Self-Advocacy, Values
• Self-Determination
• Communication
• Problem Solving
• Legislative Advocacy
• Knowing Your Rights
• Interdependence/Power Alone versus Together
• Check-in groups
• Opportunity to mentor/become trainer of Project SALT curriculum

For more information, email Shelly Baer or call at 305 689-7058.