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Partners in Policymaking

6 Training sessions that could change your life!

For people with developmental disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities.  Partners offers six weekend sessions over a six month period for leadership development.

2017 Partners in Policymaking Dates & Topics:

Jan 13 - 14  
Feb 10 - 11  
Mar 10 - 11
Apr 7 - 8      
May 5 - 6     
Jun 9 - 10

Some of the topics include:  History, Philosophy & Values, Assistive Technology, Inclusive Education, The Legislative Process, Supported Employment, Supported Living, Community Building, Community Organizing, and Systems Change Advocacy.

The deadline to apply for the 2017 Partners in Policymaking program is September 30, 2016.  Recruitment for the next Partners class is on going and applications must be received or postmarked by September 30, 2016.  Each class begins in January and ends in June.  No more than one relative of an individual who receives services will be selected for participation per year.   

Applications may be submitted via email, fax, or mail.  The electronic version of the application form should be saved to a computer before typing in the information to save and submit to the DD Council.  A PDF version is also available to print and fill out manually.  References from three people who have known the applicant for at least a year are required.  The Reference Questionnaire is also available in both formats.  
Click on Application and Instructions to access the Partners application documents and for more information on how to apply.
Click HERE to view and/or print the Partners in Policymaking brochure.  Feel free to hand out the brochure and help spread the word.

The deadline for applications to be submitted, September 30th,
will NOT be extended.

2015 Partners in Policymaking Class

Building The Next Generation of Leaders

Partners in Policymaking is a national leadership training program for people with developmental disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. It provides the most current knowledge about disability issues and develops the competencies necessary for effective advocacy to influence public policy at all levels of government.

Productive Partnerships

The goal of Partners in Policymaking is to achieve productive partnerships between people needing and using services and those who make public policy and laws. It is designed to provide knowledge and skills building so that participants may work to obtain state of the art services for themselves and others.

Partners in Policymaking also educates participants about current issues and best practices and familiarizes them with policymaking and the legislative processes at the local, state and federal levels. Individual sessions are devoted to specific topics presented by nationally known experts in their fields.

Attention Partners’ Graduates!!!

The Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council would like to know what advocacy activities you have been involved in since graduating from Partners in Policymaking. Please contact the Council's Partners in Policymaking Coordinator, Liz Gary, at (800) 450-8108 or partners_coordinator@charter.net to give her an update on your advocacy efforts. Also, if your contact information has changed since graduating from Partners, please let Liz know.

For questions contact:
Rodney Anthony, DD Council Program Monitor
225-342-6804 or 800-450-8108 or rodney.anthony@la.gov
Liz Gary, Partners in Policymaking Coordinator