Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    LeadAbility a first for future leaders with disability

    21/04/2015 12:00 AM
    • Aims to empower people with disability to lead and generate change
    • Shared vision of Leadership WA and Disability Services Commission

    A major leadership initiative will provide a series of specialist development experiences that will introduce people with disability to empowering concepts of leadership.


    Launching the LeadAbility program today, Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said the course, run by Leadership WA, would support and empower people with disability to take up leadership roles in Western Australia.


    "While some people are "˜born leaders', for most of us leadership skills are learned and honed over time with focus and practice," Mrs Morton said.


    "For potential leaders with disability, some may feel disempowered by society's response to their impairment, while others may not have had the opportunity for formal leadership instruction.


    "The LeadAbility course provides a challenging but safe and supportive environment for participants to explore and enhance their leadership skills.


    "LeadAbility is a unique and inclusive course for individuals with leadership capacity and ability to influence change across the community, corporate and government sectors."


    The initiative follows a pilot program last year conducted by Leadership WA and the State Government, through the Disability Services Commission.


    The LeadAbility course will run twice a year with 10 to 15 participants and is open to people with disability, their families and carers, ambassadors in the disability sector and staff from disability sector organisations.


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    • Course will prepare participants for further leadership development programs through existing Leadership WA programs such as Signature Leadership Program and Rising Leadership Program

    Minister's office - 6552 6900