New York State
Partners in Policymaking®

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What is NYS Partners in Policymaking®?

NYS Partners in Policymaking ® is the premier learning and leadership experience for people with developmental disabilities and families. Our state-of-the-art personalized learning approach equips Partners with the knowledge, networks and confidence needed to shape and influence important issues affecting disability policy.

Join a growing national network of advocates who are dedicated to ensuring the right for equal access and opportunity for every person living with a developmental disability today and in generations to come.

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Who is eligible to participate in NYS Partners in Policymaking®?

NYS Partners in Policymaking® is an innovative leadership training opportunity for self-advocates and parents/family members of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Why should I join NYS Partners in Policymaking®?




  • "Partners gave me the motivation to make proactive positive changes, instead of settling for status quo."

  • "I am more knowledgeable and confident in my advocacy efforts."

  • "I have been more involved in policy changes, as well as changes in my own life. I am more independent because of the Partners program."

Interested in learning more or signing up for NYS Partners in Policymaking®?

Now accepting applications for the Spring 2018 class


Partnering Organizations