Disability Leaders of Tomorrow

The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) invites front-line managers and social entrepreneurs working in the service provision for persons with disabilities to apply for becoming mentees – the Disability Leaders of Tomorrow (D-LoT project).

EASPD has developed the Disability Leaders of Tomorrow (D-LoT) project to facilitate the capacity of the disability service providers in Central and Eastern Europe. 15 mentors and 15 mentees will be selected to implement an innovative tailored training programme for service providers and managers in the disability sector in Europe which will run from May 2015 to May 2017.The programme includes:

1. e-Learning platform: the platform will contain a training programme of 10 modules covering the most important learning outcomes for managerial positions in the disability service provision sector. The online platform provides the mentees with the opportunity to be flexible in how they plan their schedule, so they can combine their day work with the training. The mentees will complete all 10 modules, while being supported by their personal mentor who will also monitor their progress in the accomplishment of the modules.

In addition, the platform will host a knowledge centre with useful information on topics such as the right to employment, inclusive education, inclusive living, quality of services or user’s involvement.

2. Webinars: to complement the learning experience the mentees will participate in series of webinars. Both mentors and mentees will have the opportunity to learn and discuss recent developments on international and European policies, to find out about funding opportunities and to get to know the latest trends in the sector (models of good practice and innovative approaches from all over Europe). The mentee will have to have completed 80% of the online training and work with the mentor on the identification of local challenges to be able to actively contribute to the webinars discussion.

3. Job shadowing: The mentee will have the opportunity not only to learn, but also to experience and personally apply the approaches used in the day-to-day practice in one week job shadowing hosted by the mentor in his/her organisation.

4. Pass it On projects: upon completion of the above mentioned activities, the mentee will have to organise at local level a similar set of training activities. The mentee will have the chance to receive a ‘challenge grant’ and be assisted by the mentor in the design of those activities on how to best pass on the acquired knowledge.

The mentee will also attend the kick off meeting and a workshop on creative thinking and entrepreneurship to be organised together with EASPD Annual Conference in Salzburg (21-23 October 2015). A closing ceremony will be organised in Brussels in May 2017. Travel and subsistence costs for participation in these events will be covered.

For detailed description and timeline of all actions, please read the detailed project description enclosed to this call!

View Call for applications-mentees DLoT project.pdf

View D-LoT Mentee Application Form.docx