A number of organizations provide advocacy and leadership training for self-advocates with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families and opportunities to put your individual advocacy into action. This includes:

  • Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) prepares people of all abilities to address the challenges they face through leadership to create healthier Kansas communities. The Center offers three different courses from 2, 2 ½ and 7-day training programs and the Council encourages family advocates and self-advocates to attend to better prepare you to lead for the change. The council seeks to recruit two people per month for one of the training courses and, for those directly involved in the disability community, scholarships are available for the tuition and housing through Self-Advocate Coalition of Kansas (SACK). Anyone interested in attending should contact Steve Gieber by calling (785) 296-2609 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also visit http://kansasleadershipcenter.org/.
  • Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas (SACK) promotes the empowerment and independence of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. For more information, visit http://www.sackonline.org or their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Self-Advocate-Coalition-of-Kansas-120337995992/.
  • Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy (KYEA) educates and mentors youth with I/DD to become contributing members of their community through a number of programs for personal and leadership development - including the week-long Kansas Youth Leadership Forum (KSYLF) for high school juniors and seniors with a disability. For more information, visit http://www.kyea.org.