The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation is seeking exemplary professionals, and/or persons experiencing disability and/or family members of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities who are currently working or volunteering in the field of inclusive services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for an intensive one-year Public Policy Fellowship in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the Fellowship is to prepare both early career and more seasoned leaders to assume leadership in the public policy arena in their home state and/or nationally. During this one year Fellowship, the successful applicant will learn how federal legislation is initiated, developed, and passed by the Congress, as well as how programs are administered and regulations promulgated by federal agencies.
There will be multiple issues before the new Congress in 2015 and the Administration that impact people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, communities and supportive organizations doing work with, and on behalf of, people with disabilities. Key legislation may include The ABLE Act, SSI reallocation and Work Incentives reform, Keeping All Students Safe Act, and many briefings and hearings, all related to improving the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Successful applicants will have outstanding experience in:
1. State or national level advocacy for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families;
2. Health care, mental health care, employment, education, child care, child welfare, law, community organizing, housing or development of inclusive community supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities;
4. Development of training programs for people with disabilities, families and communities and/or for the professionals who work with and for them;
5. Development or improvements of family support services, programs focused on increasing individual’s control of resources and decisions impacting their lives, technology in support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and any other area of focus important to these Americans
The application deadline for 2015 is October 30, 2015 by 5:00 P.M. EST
For more information about the program including the application process and guidelines, click here.