Often described as a life-changing experience for participants, the Partners in Policymaking program is now inviting applications for its nine-month leadership training program.
Individuals with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities will be trained at no cost in monthly sessions, starting this fall. Over the course of eight sessions, they will learn how to become strong, knowledgeable, and effective advocates for themselves, their children, and others with disabilities.
There is no cost to individuals selected for the Partners program, adults with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities, since it is covered by a federal grant to the Minnesota Governor’s Council.
Child care, respite allowances, and overnight accommodations are also provided for those who have to travel from outside the metro area to attend. Mileage and meals are also covered by the grant. All eight sessions will be held at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott in Bloomington.
Limited to 40 participants, all of whom must be Minnesota residents, class members are selected by a panel of Partners graduates and representatives of the Governor’s Council. The first session for the 2013-2014 program year is scheduled for the weekend of September 27th-28th, 2013. Presenters include local experts and nationally recognized leaders in school inclusion, community organizing, governmental processes, and disability issues. Applications are due by July 15, 2013.
Those selected to participate in the program must attend all meetings and complete homework assignments between the sessions.
For further information or to receive an application form, interested individuals can go to the web page www.mngts.org/partnersinpolicymaking or email firstname.lastname@example.org .