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Partners in Policymaking Applications

Become a Leader with Partners in Policymaking

Leadership and advocacy training program now accepting applications

Self-advocates and family members of a person with a developmental disability (DD) who want to improve their leadership skills are encouraged to apply for Wisconsin Partners in Policymaking. The deadline to apply is September 1, 2014.

Partners is a six-session advocacy and systems change training program designed to develop future leaders who will work with legislators and communities on policies and initiatives that support the full participation and inclusion of people with DD. Nationwide, nearly 15,000 graduates are part of a growing network of community leaders and, since 2011, 75 people have graduated from the Wisconsin program.

The program is designed for (A) adults with DD, (B) parents, grandparents, or primary caregivers of children under the age of 21 with DD, and (C) siblings of individuals with DD. Applicants should be highly motivated to create more inclusive communities and support the core values laid out in the Developmental Disabilities Act. The six sessions will be held in Madison between November 2014 and May 2015. Each session begins at 1 p.m. on Friday and concludes at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Go here for the session dates.

This program is an initiative of the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD). BPDD covers all costs associated with the program, including the training, lodging, meals, and materials. 

The deadline to apply is 12 p.m. on Monday, September 1, 2014. On the BPDD website, you can learn more about Partners and even get to know the graduates. Or you can get started now by downloading theapplication.

If you have questions about Wisconsin Partners in Policymaking, contact John Shaw at john1.shaw@wisconsin.gov or (608) 266-7707. 

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