Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the deadline to apply for the 2021 class of Texas Partners in Policymaking (Partners) was extended to April 17, 2020. Partners is an advanced leadership development training program for self-advocates and parents of children with developmental disabilities (DD).
Partners is an annual program and the application will be open again next spring.Click here to sign up to be alerted when the next application period begins and to receive other information about our program. People who graduate from the program go on to work with policymakers to improve the lives of Texans with DD. Graduates work to impact policy and change systems so more people with DD are fully included in their communities and exercise control over their own lives. Some graduates might go on to become policymakers themselves.
During the training program, participants acquire the information and skills necessary to partner with policymakers and advocate for important disability issues at the local, state, and federal levels.
Participants will be trained on topics such as:
- community living,
- disability history,
- inclusive education, and
- the Texas Legislature.
Presenters include state and national experts on disability issues or advocacy who understand the connection between government, systems change, and policy results.
The program consists of eight two-day training sessions held monthly from August 2020 to April 2021. There will not be a session in December 2020. Sessions may be held in-person or online via videoconference. In-person sessions are held in San Antonio and Austin. To see what our online sessions are like, click here.