IIDL: The Best Learning Experience in 2019 Washington, USA, 9–13 September 2019

IIDL: The Best Learning Experience in 2019 Washington, USA, 9–13 September 2019

The International Initiative for Disability Leadership (IIDL) is a unique international leadership forum that shares knowledge, innovation and effective practices to support the vision for a full life in the community for all people with disability. IIDL is a collaboration of six countries: Australia, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Canada, Sweden and England with active participation from our host country, the USA, and countries from the Nordic region.

IIDL organises opportunities for international networking, innovation sharing and problem solving across countries and agencies. The overall aim of these opportunities is to provide better outcomes for people with disability and their families.  IIDL membership is free for those in participating countries, and all leaders in disability are encouraged to join to keep up with international developments. You can become a member at Joining IIDL.

You can also find our Annual Report for 2018 and hear from some of our members their perspective on the value of IIDL participation by visiting the IIDL website.

2019 International Leadership Exchange
“Leading the Way Forward – Access, Accountability and Action”

Jointly hosted with the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL), this week-long learning event will take place in the USA with exchanges, in both the USA and Canada, from, 9th -13th September 2019. This week consists of two events: Leadership Matches and the Networking Meeting which will be held in Washington, DC.

Leadership Matches: 9th & 10th September

On 9th – 10th September the Leadership Matches will take place in both Canada and the USA.  Leadership Matches give participants the chance to visit leading local services and agencies to have a small group in-depth learning experience around their leadership approach to a particular issue or theme.

The leadership programme for IIDL hosted matches for 2019 encompasses:

Citizen Advocacy

Citizen Advocacy is a community movement of radical citizens committed to a freely given relationship between a person with a disability and a person without a disability

Ruby MooreDecatur, Georgia,


International Advances in Self-Direction

Self-direction, also known as personal budgets, self-management, and self-directed care, is an approach to organizing services and supports in which a person controls an individual budget to purchase goods and/or services to reach goals developed in a person-centered plan

Applied Self Direction and Human Services Research InstituteBoston, Massachusetts, USA


Adults and Co-Occurring Disorders: Disabilities and Mental Health

This match session would bring together thought leaders in aging, mental health, and disabilities space to address access and quality of care for adults with co-occurring disabilities in Long-Term Services and Supports

National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities


Crystal City, Virginia, USA


Data and Disability: Intersectional Dialogues on Cross-Disability Issues

If the lived experiences of persons with disabilities fails to be recognized, essential information about accommodation and inclusion will continue to go unaccounted for in policy-making, budgeting, and planning. This is a global issue—without sufficient data, persons with disabilities from all around the world will continue to experience marginalization

Eviance – Canadian Centre on Disability StudiesOttawa, Canada


Exploring Progress with Supported Decision-Making

This leadership exchange will be an opportunity for state, national, and international leaders to share and discuss the various SDM resources and practices that have been developed around the world

Center for Public Representation and Quality Trust for Individuals with DisabilitiesWashington DC, USA


Family Leadership Exchange: The necessity for continuous family leadership revitalization

The ongoing social change required across cultures and societies to enable children and adults with disabilities to live meaningful inclusive lives is primarily dependent on continuously revitalized family leadership

Inclusion AlbertaEdmonton Canada


Improving Access to the Good Things of Life for People with Impairments Through the Successful Implementation of Social Role Valorization and Related Practices

Rooted in an understanding of vulnerability and societal devaluation, SRV focuses on the power of societally valued roles to open the door to the good things of life which most people expect and desire. What is not well known are many of the significantly beneficial examples of how SRV has been applied in people’s lives by services, families and ordinary citizens within communities

SRV Implementation Project and the Keystone InstituteHarrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA


Methods of Preparing the Next Wave of Leaders in Disability (Leadership Development)

The purpose of this learning exchange is to identify and exchange information and insights about effective leadership and examine the various Leadership training/programs that exist for advocates, parents, siblings, professionals and direct service professionals

Aaron BishopWashington DC, USA
Understanding the Role, Contribution and Impacts of the US Protection and Advocacy System

The U.S. Protection and Advocacy system has been instrumental in providing persons with disabilities, with legal advocacy services to ensure the protection of their rights, the ability to live in the community, access to critical health and supported services, and to hold systems and services for persons with disabilities accountable

National Disability Rights NetworkWashington DC, USA


When the Path you Choose is Different from Traditional Services 

Families and supporters will meet with families who have helped their sons, daughters, brothers or sisters to move from the family home into their own place in our community

Windsor Essex Brokerage for Personal SupportsWindsor, Ontario, Canada


Exploring Leadership Directions for Employment 

This leadership exchange will focus on evidenced based and promising practices in promoting employment for individuals with significant disabilities

TASH, Inc.Washington DC, USA


Benefits: Participants have an exceptional opportunity to directly share learning and innovation in particular areas of interest, with access to resources and the ability to develop a network of ongoing contacts for further engagement and exchange.

12th & 13th September: Network Meeting in Washington

The Leadership Matches proceed a Network Meeting which will take place in Washington, DC on 12th – 13th September at the Capital Hilton. This two-day Network Meeting is an opportunity for international leaders to learn more about innovation, research and best practice in the areas of disability and mental health from peers and recognised sector leaders. The programme also provides opportunities for small group discussion and networking. Full details are available in the 2019 Programme (PDF).

Network Meeting Overview:

“Leading the Way Forward: Access, Accountability and Action”

The theme is designed to resonate strongly with international developments in the disability sector around access and social inclusion as well as the increased focus on individualised funding and personalised support. Confirmed topics and speakers include:

  • Disability Inspirational Keynote: Voice of Lived Experience – Maayan Ziv (Toronto)
  • Mental Health Inspirational Keynote: Voice of Lived Experience and Trauma Informed Care – William Kellibrew
  • Plenary #2 – USA Leadership: How our Host Country is Leading the Way on the Issues of Access, Accountability and Action – Jennifer Johnson, United States Administration on Community Living
  • Plenary #3 – Leadership: Investment Strategies and Action to Support Tomorrow’s Leaders – The Why, How and Strategies for Action.  Co-facilitators: Dr Michael Kendrick, International Consultant (USA); Aaron Bishop – American Psychological Society and match host (USA); Panel of Emerging Leaders – facilitated by Aisling Blackmore (Australia)
  • Member and Observer Countries Panel: Highlighting National IIDL and Emerging Leaders Initiatives – Sweden and Nordic countries, England, Ireland and Netherlands
  • International Leadership Panel: How Member Countries are Leading the Way Forward on Access, Accountability and Action – Canada – Access; New Zealand – Accountability (Co-design, Enabling Good Lives); Australia – Action (NDIS – National Disability Insurance Scheme)
  • Match Reports: Selected Matches to be highlighted and experiences shared.  Social Role Valorisation and Model Coherence
  •  Innovations Market Place: Featuring Match Hosts and Member Countries, enabling informal interaction and sharing resources from matches you missed

An evening welcome reception will be held on September 11th at the Capital Hilton, Washington.

Benefits: An international perspective on key disability leadership and sector developments, feature presentation on the United States approach, connection to regional and international leaders with opportunities for ongoing information exchange, and access to practical information and resources via the innovation market place.

Next Steps

Registration is required for both Leadership Matches and the Network Meeting. Demand is strong for both events so it is wise to register early. Participation in the event is free, however participants are required to cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Please pay careful attention to the location of your match.

We look forward to meeting you in Washington.


Click Here for the IIDL Washington 2019 Brochure – Word Version

Click Here for the IIDL Washington 2019 Brochure – PDF Version

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