We're excited and grateful to be partnering with FISA Foundation to determine the potential to bring our model for building disabled leadership to a new geography. Serving Pennsylvania’s Southwestern region, FISA Foundation champions equity, justice, safety, and inclusion for women, girls, and people with disabilities, combating systemic racism that impedes progress for these populations.
There may not be many people organizing at the intersection of disability and reproductive justice, but two Disability Lead members are working to highlight just how much these movements can—and must —learn from each other.
A familiar resource may offer untapped potential for professional development opportunities for disabled leaders in the private sector. Employee or Business Resource Groups (ERG/BRGs) are voluntary, employee-led affinity groups that can play an important role in leadership development as well as have a greater cultural impact. While about 88 percent of companies have these affinity groups for diversity in general, only 70 percent of companies offer ERG/BRGs that are disability specific. Companies looking for strong disabled leaders should invest in disability-focused ERB/BRGs.
As we close out Women's History Month, we dipped back into the Disability Lead archives to highlight a few disabled women in our Network that we're honored to know. Here are their stories.
Legendary disability activist, Judy Heumann, is now a disabled ancestor. Since her death earlier this month, we've been reflecting on how she epitomized what disability leadership can be.
The Disability Inclusion Fund (DIF) is a donor collaborative fund housed at Borealis Philanthropy to support U.S. groups run by and for people with disabilities to lead transformational change. Launched in 2019, the DIF is a first-of-its-kind fund and one of the largest philanthropic funds investing in disability inclusion. DIF is supported by the President’s Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy, which comprises foundation presidents committed to disability inclusion as part of improving diversity, equity, and inclusion. Among the President’s Council members are two additional Disability Lead project funders, the Chicago Community Trust and the MacArthur Foundation.