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Barbara Wilensky Gopen Memorial Fellowship

The Gopen Fellowship is a one year, part-time work and learning opportunity for an individual with a developmental disability

This Fellowship allows an individual to work on a self-designed project and learn about disability policy, services, and advocacy. Massachusetts residents who have finished high school are eligible to apply. The Gopen Fellow works primarily at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) in Dorchester and occasionally at the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) in Quincy.

 

Responsibilities

You will:

  • Create and work on an original disability project of your choice. This includes developing a final product, such as a brochure, a presentation, or content for a website.

  • Set up and attend interviews and meetings to gather information about your project.

  • Attend Friday morning LEND Fellowship classes in Boston and other trainings.

  • Attend conferences, workshops and other events to learn about disability services, public policy, advocacy, government and the chosen area of interest.

  • Share information about project activities with Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Network agencies and other disability organizations.

  • Develop a project work plan and write quarterly status reports.

  • Make a presentation about the project at the end of the Fellowship.

 

Schedule and Compensation

You will work 20 hours per week and receive an annual stipend of $20,000, paid bi-weekly.

 

About the Fellowship

The Gopen Fellowship was established in 2001 to honor disability advocate Barbara Wilensky Gopen and is sponsored by the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Network Programs:

  • Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (ICI)

  • Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC)

  • EK Shriver Center, UMass Medical Center, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

  • Disability Law Center (DLC)

 

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