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Application and Selection for Texas Partners in Policymaking

Texas Partners in Policymaking is no longer accepting applications for the 2021-2022 program year. The application deadline was March 15, 2021. To be notified when the application period begins, please subscribe to our email newsletter

About The Program
Texas Partners in Policymaking (Partners) is an advanced leadership training program for self-advocates and family members of people with developmental disabilities (DD). Through the course of the 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 develop innovative projects that improve the lives of people with DD in their communities. Ultimately, participants who graduate from the program 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 of the graduates might go on to become policymakers themselves.

The program consists of seven two-day training sessions held monthly from September 2021 to April 2022. There will not be a session in December 2021. Sessions are generally held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Sessions may be held in person or online via video conference. In-person sessions are held in San Antonio and Austin.

To learn more about the program, visit the About section of this website. Partners is a project of the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD).

How to Apply
An online application tool called SMApply is used to accept applications for Partners. In SMApply, applicants can easily submit their applications online. Please contact Genessee Klemm if you need a paper copy of the application. The deadline to apply was March 15, 2021.

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