Inclusive Content Consultant

Request for Proposals

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership seeks to procure an experienced and well-qualified consultant for a 9-month period to serve as a project manager infusing accessibility and disability knowledge into designing and delivering programs and events.

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, currently housed at The Chicago Community Trust, envisions a region where people with disabilities lead with power and influence. Founded in late 2015 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Advancing Leadership is the first leadership institute of its kind in the nation. Our ninety-five members are currently serving in a variety of capacities on boards, task forces, committees and commissions and through our civic connections project we are continually seeking new opportunities to serve.

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is currently supported by The Chicago Community Trust, MacArthur Foundation, Exelon, BMO Harris, JPMorgan Chase, Allstate, and others.

Scope of Work
The purpose of the consultant is to ensure that disability knowledge and accessibility is consistent through all programming including, but not limited to building out:

1. Learning Framework and Member Symposium: Building on the Leadership Institute curriculum to develop stand-alone and long-term learning framework and materials for the Members Network. This will include:

a. Conceptualizing content for an interactive, digital environment. Content, which may be researched or created, includes, but is not limited to:

  • Fundamentals of the ADA, and other disability rights laws
  • Disability rights history, community and culture
  • How disability intersects with current social issues
  • Fundamentals of expanding accessibility
  • Expert resources for further information

b. Work with project manager to design and deliver 4-hour universally designed member symposium on Saturday, September 22, 2018. This includes:

  • Developing a training curriculum for public sector engagement opportunities.
  • Identifying speakers and/or planning format for additional symposium topics that could include:
  • o Disability rights issues today
    o Where we are now: current trends toward inclusion, diversity, equity (e.g., disability as part of diversity)
    o Public sector civic training - what are the opportunities and how can I serve?
    o One topic designed by current Fellows Class
    o Help identify Key Note speaker if appropriate

2. BoardLead program: To scale advancements on nonprofit boards ADA25AL will initiate a pilot program with BoardLead, a program of Cause Strategy Partners. The BoardLead process will take interested ADA25AL members through an introduction, application, matching, and on-boarding training process that if successful could eventually result in up to 40 leaders with disabilities advancing to nonprofit boards and committees in future years. This includes 5 BoardLeader sessions. Consultant will:

a. Educate Cause Strategy Partners (aka BoardLead) about creating a universally designed training session. Should include disability etiquette, language as well as accessible meetings and training.
b. Work with BoardLead and the session hosts (ADA25AL will host one, corporations the other three) on creating an accessible space, managing accommodations, etc.
c. Develop and deliver fifth 1-2 hour training session focusing on disability in the boardroom in collaboration with BoardLead and ADA25AL Staff.


  • Ability to connect year-long programming into cohesive learning framework
  • Curriculum development and training experience
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Personal experience with disability and/or knowledge of the disability rights community required
  • Knowledge of creating accessible content for people with disabilities required
  • Knowledge and expertise in developing and guiding the building of cutting edge, accessible digital content

Total contract amount should not exceed $15,000 - 20,000

Proposal Details
Proposals should include:

  • Consultant bios and previous relevant experience (we recognize that the requirements of this proposal may suggest a consulting team, or more than one contract, and we are open to proposals for parts of the project, for example, separate proposals for event design and learning framework development)
  • Please note in the narrative: If your proposal is for all or part of this RFP.
  • Qualifications
  • Budget for services
  • References
  • If working with other consultants, how you will work as a team.
  • A plan and timeline for accomplishing the following deliverables:
  • o Check-in Meetings at various points that may focus on specific items
    o Due dates for first draft of:
    - Learning framework
    - BoardLead session
    - Symposium Design
    o Due dates for second draft of:
    - Learning framework
    - BoardLead session
    - Symposium Design
    o Final Draft
    o Any ancillary services (e.g. these are not necessarily to be included in the budget but if they are proposed please clarify how this would work)

Proposals are due: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Selection: April 18, 2018

Completion: December 31, 2018

Send your proposal to Risa Jaz Rifkind via email to: We welcome preliminary letters of intent and planning conversations.

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