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Partners in Policymaking

What Is Partners In Policymaking?

Partners in Policymaking is designed for adults with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities who are too young to advocate for themselves, and advocates for persons with disabilities.

YOUR Commitment to the Partners

  • Be willing to have your perspectives widened, and your perceptions challenged. 
  • Be committed to systems change beyond your own family’s needs. 
  • Be welcoming to those who have experiences different than yours. 
  • Actively participate in all eight, two-day sessions.
  • Complete all homework and group assignments. 
  • Use mentoring and learner supports provided for qualified students.  
  • Participate in all evaluations.
  • Maintain a record of advocacy efforts. 
  • Stay connected to the Partners community by participating in surveys and further training opportunities after graduation, and by keeping contact information updated.

The Partners’ Commitment to YOU

  • Outstanding fellowship, access to national experts, and dozens of print, Web, and video resources available at no cost to you. You will graduate with lifelong friends and significant allies.
  • Lunch and dinner are provided during in person class sessions.
  • Financial assistance associated with travel, including mileage, family care and hotel stays, is available. (Eligibility requirements apply.)
  • Technology provided to access online classes.

Our Goal: Systems Change

  • We educate participants to be active partners with those who make policy.
  • We foster development of positive relationships with policymakers.
  • We help you prevent the loss of basic rights for people with disabilities.
  • Our graduates advocate for supports and services to increase independence, productivity and inclusion into the community for people with disabilities.

If you need help with the application or have any questions, please email Do not let your questions stop you from having this opportunity! Ask us!

Last Modified on Apr 30, 2024
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