PARTNERS IN POLICYMAKING® - APPLICATION IS OPEN
We are thrilled to continue with our Partners in Policymaking program, which is an investment of the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, financed in part by a grant from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, under provisions of P.L. 106-402 to HIGH Impact Mission Based Consulting & Training.
Partners in Policymaking® is a leadership training program designed for parents of school age children with developmental disabilities and adults with disabilities. The Partners program was created by the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities more than 30 years ago, and has since been offered nationally and internationally. Partners teaches leadership skills necessary to develop positive partnerships with elected officials and other policymakers who make decisions about the services that you and/or your family use. Partners is accessible, informative and empowering. The graduates of Partners often become members of boards, councils, task forces and advisory committees; some run for elected office.
Partners is about systems change – creating, working towards, and achieving a vision of shared values about people with disabilities. It is based on the belief that the most effective and enduring public policy decisions are made by the people who need and use services in partnership with elected officials and other policymakers. It is about becoming confident in oneself, competent in the knowledge and information received, and comfortable in sharing life experiences and expertise one brings to the program.
Participation in Partners requires a commitment to attend all eight weekend sessions. You must have an interest in learning and practicing new skills in a comfortable and safe environment. You must have a desire to build and strengthen a network of people from diverse cultural backgrounds and life experiences and must have a willingness to learn from national and state experts who share our vision and values.
We are excited about your interest in being part of this experience and cannot wait to review your application.