Stay tuned for details on the next application period to open in Spring 2017.


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ADA 25 Advancing Leadership Institute provides:

  • Training for emerging leaders through an annual Fellows Retreat.
  • Annual events that provide continued education and opportunity for networking and connection


The Fellows are a competitively selected class of emerging leaders from all walks of life and with diverse disabilities come together in an immersive, transformative experience exploring their leadership skills and opportunities to connect as a class.

See our press release on the 2017 Fellows class here.

Learn more about our Fellows by visiting the Members page here.


“It taught me to respect and honor what I am passionate about and to honor others strengths and passions. Our distinguished guest speakers and panel participants made the world of disability seem less “insular” and more connected to normal, everyday life. The curriculum as a good blend of academic and experiential learning.” – 2015 Inaugural Fellow

“The experience of connecting with such a motivated, eclectic, intelligent group of people with disabilities was invaluable.”
– 2015 Inaugural Fellow

“A worthy investment of time and resources that has resulted in deep reflection and an urgency to take action.” – 2015 Inaugural Fellow

“The Leadership Institute allowed me to step back, assess where I am and where I want to go. It connected me with the people and resources I need to be successful now and in the future. More than just one weekend, the experience is about something much bigger than the classes. It is about community, connection, network and opportunity. It is about being seen as a leader and being able to draw strength from others. This is only the beginning and I am excited to see what opportunities are available by joining the vibrant and active disability community in Chicago.” – 2015 Inaugural Fellow

To learn more about our Members Events, click here.

Inquiries regarding sponsorship or funding should be directed to Robin Burnett, Program Manager,, (312) 616-8000 x 262.