Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Seeks Applicants for 2013–2014 Public Policy Fellowship Program
The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation is seeking exemplary professionals and/or family members of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities and/or persons with disabilities, particularly self-advocates who are currently working, advocating 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 emerging and seasoned leaders to assume leadership in the public policy arena nationally and in their home state. 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.
Successful applicants will have outstanding experience in:
- State or national level advocacy for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families;
- Health care, mental health care, employment, education, child care, child welfare, law, community organizing, family support services, housing or development of inclusive community supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities;
- Development of training programs for people with disabilities, families and communities and/or for the professionals who work with them;
- 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 successful applicant’s background will include distinguished involvement in efforts to improve the lives of persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities at the regional, state or national level. The expectation is that fellows will become future leaders in the field of inclusive community supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. After their year in Washington, it is expected that former Kennedy Fellows will make significant contributions to policy and program development in their home state or continue to advance their work on the national level.
Please see the attached PDF document for more information about the program and the application process.
The application deadline for 2013–2014 is April 5, 2013, by 5:00 P.M. EST.
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