Top left: Two Young Adults with Down Syndrome smile. Both wear glasses. ONe sits in a wheelchair; The other leans on the back of the wheelchair.; Top Right: A person with glasses and a graying beard smiles.; Bottom Left: A person with short curly hair and red lipstick smiles.; Bottom Right: A child with glasses sits on their parent's lap.

Northwest Health Foundation is looking for ten leaders with disabilities from Oregon and Southwest Washington to participate in a Disability Justice Leaders Collaborative.

The Disability Justice Leaders Collaborative will meet four times over the span of a year. NWHF will provide each participant a stipend of $300 per meeting. We’ll also pay for travel, lodging and accessibility accommodations.

 

Why is Northwest Health Foundation convening this Collaborative?

Oregon and Southwest Washington’s decision-makers don’t fully represent our communities. Although 22% of Oregonians are people of color, only 8% of our elected officials are people of color. One out of ten Oregonians are immigrants, yet very few of our decision-makers are immigrants. And even though one-fifth of Americans have a disability, we don’t know if any elected officials in Oregon or Southwest Washington identify as having a disability.

We want to make sure all voices and experiences are represented in state legislatures, on local committees and boards, and everywhere in between. That way we can change laws and policies so they work for all of us.

Text reads: "1 out of 5 Americans has a disability." An orange icon illustrating a person in a wheelchair appears to roll left, away from a row of four black stick figures. A red icon representing a person with a prosthetic leg appears to run right, away from a second row of four black stick figures.

The Disability Justice Leaders Collaborative will discuss how to make sure the voices and experiences of people with disabilities are represented by decision-makers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. They’ll consider disability justice as a means to achieving this goal. 

Disability justice says that all bodies are whole and powerful, and we all need to work together. We can’t leave anybody behind. At Northwest Health Foundation, we also believe every person is valuable and deserves the opportunity to lead a healthy life, whatever health means to them. When one person or community thrives, all of us benefit.


Short-term Goals

Leaders with disabilities will: 

  • Deepen their understanding of disability justice;
  • Build relationships with funders;
  • Discuss how disability-led organizations, funders and leadership programs can work together in new ways;
  • Discuss and vision and strategy for achieving the following long-term goals.

Long-term Goals

1. Organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington led by people with disabilities will develop the knowledge, skills and resources to:

  • Hold elected officials and other decision-makers accountable;
  • Change laws and policies;
  • Build power for the communities they serve.

2. Organizations led by people of color will understand disability justice and apply it to their work.

3. Our region’s leadership will include people with disabilities and people who understand, and are committed to, disability justice.

Read the 10 Principles of Disability Justice.


Northwest Health Foundation is accepting applications for the Disability Leaders Learning Collaborative now through August 31, 2017, 12pm noon, PST

APPLICANTS MUST: 

  • Self-identify with disability, whether physical, mental, developmental or any other type of disability.
  • Demonstrate experience as a community leader. For example, an applicant may have taken a leadership training course, volunteered or worked for a nonprofit or community group, participated in a political campaign, or something else. You tell us!
  • Be interested in discussing and learning more about disability justice.
  • Live in Oregon (any county) or Southwest Washington (Clark, Cowlitz, Pacific, Skamania or Wahkiakum County).
  • Commit to attending all four Disability Justice Leaders Collaborative meetings. The first meeting will take place between November 1 and 15, 2017. After that, participants will decide when to have the next three meetings.

We welcome applicants of all ages, from youth to elders. Northwest Health Foundation intends to select leaders with disabilities who come from across our region and reflect our equity priorities of race/ethnicity, including immigrant and refugee status, and geography.

If you need this application in another format, please let us know. We are happy to accept responses in writing, as video or audio recordings, over the phone, or in any other way needed. Contact one of our program officers for more information.


Jen Matheson, Community Engagement Officer, 971.230.1292 or jen@northwesthealth.org

Eduardo Moreno, Health & Education Officer, 971.230.1293 or eduardo@northwesthealth.org

Michael Reyes, Community Engagement Officer, 971.230.1291 or michael@northwesthealth.org

We strongly encourage you to contact NWHF staff with any questions or feedback.