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MDRC cultivates disability pride and strengthens the disability movement by recognizing disability as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity while collaborating to dismantle all forms of oppression.

This page provides various resources for your leadership journey including organizations, curricula, books/articles, websites, and more.

We Lead! Curriculum Version 

Yellow banner with stars - cover page of curriculumThis curriculum offers information about disability history, pride and leadership skills.  Participants practice this knowledge as they work together to identify, organize, and deliver a community service project.  This curriculum is purely a guide and we encourage you to adapt the curriculum to fit the specific needs of your community.  

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Print versions are available for $25.00.

Lead On: A Handbook for Starting a Disability Student OrganizationCover page - green people in top left corner, then title

Lead On has all the information you need to start a disability student organization on a college/university campus. It covers topics such as group structure, coalition building, writing a constitution, event planning, and so much more!

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Print copies are available for $25.00. 

Creating Change Together Cover page - set of gears with letters CCT inside of them

CCL and United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan are pleased to announce the completion of Creating Change Together, an advocacy manual for people with and without disabilities. This manual provides information on several topics relating to leadership and advocacy. In addition, the manual offers tools and activities to help increase the success of advocacy efforts and also lists resources to help individuals continue to learn about advocacy and leadership. 

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Print versions are available for $40.00.

Building Alliances for Disability Leadership Curriculum BADL Cover Page

BADL is a mentoring program designed to promote leadership in current and potential leaders while examining identity development and establishing a sense of community. Mentor pairs engage in developmental and action learning experiences. The curriculum covers the following topics: disability history/culture; identity development/pride; systemic and internalized oppression; power dynamics in mentoring relationships; creating mutual goals; building/sustaining social networks; dealing with anger and conflict; systems change advocacy; root cause analysis; action planning; and building a community ready for action. In addition, pairs conduct a leadership project in their local community. 

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Print versions are available for $50.00.