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Texas Partners in Policymaking is an advanced leadership development training program for self-advocates and parents of children with developmental disabilities (DD). Graduates from the statewide program will become partners with policymakers in Texas and work to improve the lives of people with DD. The deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 class is May 1, 2019.

Texas Partners in Policymaking is an innovative statewide leadership development training program. People who graduate from the program go on to work with policymakers to improve the lives of Texans with DD. Graduates work to influence 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 learn about topics like:

  • community living,
  • disability history,
  • employment,
  • inclusive education,
  • the Texas Legislature, and
  • more.

Participants will also learn tactics and strategies to effectively advocate for disability issues and influence policy change. Presenters will be state or 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 that will be held monthly from August 2019 to April 2020. Sessions begin at 11 a.m. on Friday and conclude at 3 p.m. on Saturday. There will not be a session in December 2019. All sessions will be held in Austin, Texas.

Participants will be people with DD and parents of children with DD. For the 2019-2020 class, up to 35 participants will be selected. There is no cost to participate in the program and authorized travel costs will be covered. Only Texas residents are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

To learn more about the program, visit the Texas Partners in Policymaking website.

About the program: Established in 1987, numerous Partners in Policymakingâ„¢ programs have been conducted in the United States and around the globe, resulting in more than 27,000 graduates worldwide who are creating positive change in their communities. Texas Partners in Policymaking is a project of the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities.