The 1st Annual Leadership Development Program for Deaf/Hard of Hearing (LDPDHH) will be held September 10-13, 2020 at Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton, Missouri

To apply, please complete the 2020 Leadership Development Program application. Application deadline has been extended to June 30, 2020.

Deadline extended to June 30

Available formats:

What is the Leadership Development Program?

The Leadership Development Program for Deaf/Hard of Hearing (LDPDHH) is a 4-day career leadership training program for high school students who are deaf/hard of hearing, ages 16 – 21 to learn about leadership, mentorship and career development skills.

Who Hosts the Leadership Development Program?

The Leadership Development Program is hosted by the Governor's Council on Disability in collaboration with Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Missouri School for the Deaf, MU College of Education, MU-Pre-Employment Transition Services, Paraquad and Vocational Rehabilitation.

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What are the goals of the Leadership Development Program?

  • Develop leadership skills to ensure that all youth who are deaf/hard of hearing will realize their full potential
  • Develop career strategies that increase the youth’s potential for employment
  • Learn from successful mentors and speakers who are deaf/hard of hearing
  • Promote inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society

Why is the Leadership Development Program only for students who are deaf/hard of hearing?

It is important for students who are deaf/hard of hearing to meet other students who share similar experiences and gain skills specific to their needs. Through the course of the LDPDHH, students build pride and self-esteem and learn from each other as they begin building a supportive community.

The key success to the Leadership Development Program is leadership by example. As part of the program, students meet successful adults who share similar challenges. This framework provides an atmosphere of encouragement which helps youth realize their ability to pursue meaningful employment and become contributing members of society.

How are students selected?

Youth are selected through a statewide competitive process that seeks students who are deaf/hard of hearing students and have leadership potential. Each applicant submits a standard application and three references.

The student delegates will represent a cross section of Missouri in terms of geography, gender, economic status, ethnicity and different types of disabilities.

Knowledge of American Sign Language is not required for students to apply.

What is the agenda?

  • Learning and applying leadership principles
  • Understanding the disability experience and sharing resources
  • Assistive technology
  • Building independent living skills and setting career goals
  • Developing advocacy skills

What is the cost?

The Leadership Development Program is available to student delegates at NO COST. If you would like to help defray the cost of this program, please make your tax-deductible donation payable to the LDPDHH dba Paraquad and mail to:

Leadership Development Program
c/o Governor’s Council on Disability
PO Box 1668
Jefferson City, MO 65101

How do I apply?

Download the application and mail, fax or email to:

Governor's Council on Disability
Leadership Development Program
P.O. Box 1668
Jefferson City, Missouri 65201-1668
(Fax) 573-526-4109
gcd@oa.mo.gov

Who serves as staff at the Leadership Development Program?

In addition to staff from the Governor's Council on Disability and our partnering agencies, qualified volunteers are needed to staff the program. If you are interested in participating as a staff member, please complete the application below.

2020 Leadership Development Program Staff/Volunteer Application:

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For questions regarding the Leadership Development Program for Deaf/Hard of Hearing (LDPDHH), please contact the Governor’s Council on Disability at 573-751-2600 or gcd@oa.mo.gov