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Elevate: Campaign Training for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities are one fifth of the population. Many of us are great leaders in our communities and our professions due to skills that we’ve developed advocating for ourselves and others: we’re adaptable, resilient, creative, and great at problem solving.

Perhaps you have been thinking about how to take your leadership to a new level. You’ve considered running for local school board, city council, or another local leadership position but you don’t know where to start, and the idea of running a political campaign is intimidating. If you’re ready to elevate your leadership to elected office, this training series is for you!

Join us during a five-week campaign training series where expert political consultants will teach you the skills you need to take your leadership to elected office. This series will explore a variety of core campaign skills from a cross-disability perspective, including operations, communications, fundraising, and voter outreach. This course is open to everyone, and we particularly encourage multi-marginalized people with disabilities to join us as we learn from five experienced political consultants of color about how to run for office.

This training series is free for NCIL members. There is a $50.00 registration fee for non-members, per call-in site. Fee does not apply per participant in group, provided the group uses the same conference line.

The trainings will be available via teleconference and CART (captioned) webcast. Same day registration ends at Noon Eastern.

This program was made possible with generous funding from the American Association of People with Disabilities’ Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Award. Financial support for a fifth webinar is made possible by EMILY’s List and private donors. Please note that this webinar series is non-partisan and for educational purposes only. 

Campaign 101 – An Intro to Running for Office

Neal Carter, Principal, Nu View Consulting
Atima Omara, Principal, Omara Strategies
June 3, 2019; 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Campaign Operations 101

Stefan Walker, Political Consultant, The Politics Store
June 10, 2019; 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Story of Self and Social Media Tools

Atima Omara, Principal, Omara Strategies
June 17, 2019; 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern

How to Make a Winning Campaign Message

Ken Mireles, Partner, Public Alliance
June 24, 2019; 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern

The Six Keys to Raising Money

Domonique James, Founder and CEO of Politics with Purpose
July 1, 2019; 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Detailed course descriptions will be released shortly at

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