Citizen-Centered Leadership Development Program (CCLD)™


The goal of Citizen-Centered Leadership (CCLD) is to engage participants in an online course of study and webinar-based learning community sessions to explore the level of community involvement experienced by individuals with disabilities. Participants in CCLD are leaders who are concerned with preserving the integrity of landmark advances in the inclusion movement while stepping boldly away from the traditional practices that hold people with disabilities back from full citizenship expression.

The online curriculum is a portal that invites individuals to explore what others from around the world are thinking and doing in the areas of person-centered planning, leadership development, community-building, employment, and organizational planning as they relate to supporting the ideals of citizenship with and on behalf of people with disabilities. This course is primarily geared for person-centered planners, service and program coordinators, direct care service providers, employment specialists, educators, case managers and social workers. Family members and other advocates have also found the course content to be valuable.

Project Activities

An easy to use online format is the primary vehicle for the course to allow participation from anywhere in the world - literally. To supplement the course, live webinars are conducted to give participants the opportunity to explore core content at a deeper level through presentations and in small and large group conversation formats. In addition to the CCLD course, a variety of customized on-site and web-based Citizen-Centered Leadership training programs are available.


Contact Information

Carol Blessing

Funding Agencies

New York State Office of Mental Health

Principal Investigator

Carol Blessing

Collaborating Partners