The Center for Leadership in Disability
The Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Georgia State University (GSU) since 2008. CLD is located within the Center for Healthy Development and the School of Public Health. Our mission is to translate research into sustainable community practices that contribute to independent, self-determined, inclusive, and productive lives for people with disabilities and their families.
CLD is one of two UCEDDs in Georgia; the Institute on Human Development and Disability is located at the University of Georgia.
The major activities of CLD include:
- Community education and technical assistance to people with developmental disabilities, family members, service providers, educators, and professionals on a range of topics, such as positive behavior support, person-centered planning, autism, individuals services and supports, and the SafeCare® training model
- Research on implementation of evidence-based practices and the policies that support them
- Disseminating information about services, supports, and resources for people with developmental disabilities, their families, professionals, service providers, and families
- Advocacy and leadership training
- Educational opportunities for graduate students, professionals, and advocates
Center for Leadership in Disability
Georgia State University Center Activities
Central to the mission of CLD is research to implementation of evidence-based practices and policies that support them. CLD has and continues to conduct research on topics including:
- 2CI Research Group
- Brief Behavior Questionnaire and Intervention Plan
- Cultural Competency & Disability
- GaLEND – Program Evaluation
- Home Visitors and Learn the Signs/Act Early
- Medical Service Utilization by Children with Autism
- Parents as Detailers for Early Screening
- Positive Behavior Support Videos
- Sexuality and Disability
- Youth Leadership Evaluation Research
Resources and Publications
- Screening, Referral and Diagnosis
- Early Intervention and Preschool Services
- Elementary and Secondary Education
- Transition and Youth to Adult Systems
- Community Services and Supports
- Adult Services and Supports
- Family Support
- Medical, Behavioral Health and Dental Services
- Emergency Preparedness and First Responders
- Financial Services and Supports
Community Advisory Council
Based on their understanding if the DD Act and the goals of the Center, the Community Advisory Council:
- Consults with the CLD Director regarding the development of the Center’s five-year plan
- Reviews and comments annually on the Center’s progress in meeting the projected goals contained in the five-year plan
- Makes recommendations to the CLD Director regarding any proposed revisions of the five-year plan
- Meets as necessary to carry out the role of the Council; but at least three times a year
- Conducts an annual review of the CLD Director
- Advocates for, and on behalf of, the Center and its work
- Supports and contributes to development activities of the Center
- Advises and informs the CLD Director regarding other relevant organizations, programs, networks or activities that may provide opportunities for Center collaboration.
Our mission is to translate research into sustainable community practices that contribute to independent, self-determined, inclusive, and productive lives for people with disabilities and their families.
Vision and Values
- We envision a Georgia in which all people, with and without disabilities, urban and rural, and of all races and ethnicities are full, contributing members of their communities.
- Our vision reflects our values of respect for all, recognition of essential human rights, appreciation of unique strengths and gifts, the importance of culturally competence in all programs and services, and an understanding of the positive contributions of individuals, families, and communities.
- We seek to be a bridge between the academic and disability communities, developing and sustaining mutually respectful partnerships, and building a legacy of leaders and programs that support our mission.