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The Leadership Initiative for Students with Disabilities
The Washington Center's Leadership Intiative for Students with Disabilities seeks to ensure that students with disabilities are equipped with the tools to complete their classroom and workplace responsibilities and live comfortably in TWC provided housing. In the last decade, TWC has built a strong infrastructure that includes recruiting, internship placement, programming and living accommodations specifically designed to help students with disabilities adjust to their new surroundings in Washington, D.C. and prepare them to transition from being students to working professionals.


The initiative primarily provides scholarships for students with verified physical, cognitive, and learning disabilities, but also funds:


  • ADA compliant apartments in TWC's Residential and Academic Facility equipped with special features for students with disabilities.
  • Orientations and trainings held each semester to ensure the success of students with disabilities.
  • A civic engagement project that brings greater awareness of disability issues among the overall intern population.
  • A robust training held for TWC staff and internship site supervisors on hiring and working with individuals with disabilities.
  • A learning session on disability relations required for all interns, led, in part, by the scholars in the Leadership Initiative for Students with Disabilities.

For more information, the Office of Student Services' Disability Services Coordinator can be reached at, or contact Kristen King at


TWC is able to deliver this program thanks to the generosity of the following organizations:


  • AT&T provides partial scholarships for TWC students with disabilities and hosts an annual panel discussion that introduces these students to success ful leaders with disabilities in the corporate, government and NGO sectors, who often serve as long-term mentors.
  • The HSC Foundation designed and is hosting the 2014 Disability Civic Engagement Project for all TWC interns.
  • The Kessler Foundation supports full scholarships for TWC students with disabilities from New Jersey.

Please visit here for any questions regarding these scholarships.

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