New York State
Partners in Policymaking
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About Partners in Policymaking®

Partners in Policymaking® is an innovative national model of leadership training for people with developmental disabilities, parents and family members. Begun over twenty years ago by the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, www.partnersinpolicymaking.com, this program has continued to have a major impact on important issues in the field of developmental disabilities. The program is designed to provide state-of-the-art knowledge about issues and policies related to disability, and to develop participant competencies to become more effective in influencing policy development at all levels. The overall intent is to achieve a productive partnership between people with developmental disabilities, parents, and family members, and those in position to make policy.

About the NYS Partners in Policymaking® Program

Participants from throughout New York State are selected to for inclusion in the training program. Selection is based on the individual's fit to the program as determined by the content of the applications. The program is free of charge and is currently being offered in an interactive distance learning format. The Partners in Policymaking ® program provides an excellent opportunity for participants to improve skills to become more effective advocates and to prepare to assume leadership roles in policymaking.

Partners complete a series of training sessions, primarily through web-based instruction, during the course year. Partners are expected to complete assignments between sessions and to commit to one major project during their training year, to be completed in the following year. These projects may include activities such as serving an internship, serving on a board, organizing a letter writing campaign, or organizing special receptions or town meetings for public officials. Upon graduation, members join the Partners Graduates group and become eligible for follow up activities and advanced training.

Learning Collaborative Events

Here are the dates and topics for the 2018 Partners in Policymaking learning collaborative events. Remember, these events target core topics required in the Partners curriculum but are intended to offer a sharp edge for participants to learn from. Participants will include: current Partner Candidates, Partner Graduates and regional participants from various networks/associations. Sessions may run 4 – 6 hours.

3/24/2018 - Never Give Up: the Essence of Self-Advocacy & Leadership
Regional Speaker Series
8:30 - 12:00, Long Island (Or join online)
Diana Braun and Alice Elliot

4/21/2018 - Inclusive Education: From Benevolence to Justice
Regional Speaker Series
8:30 - 12:00, Buffalo (Or join online)
Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift
5/19/2018 - Person-Centered Pathways toward Contribution and Citizenship using Individualized Supports
Regional Speaker Series
8:30 - 12:00, Albany (Or join online)
Beth Mount
6/23/2018 - Customized Employment: Equal Opportunity for Real Work, Real Pay in the Real World
Regional Speaker Series
8:30 - 12:00, Syracuse (Or join online)
Connie Ferrell
7/21/2018 - Supported Decision Making: Another Tool in the Self-Determination Toolbox
Regional Speaker Series
8:30 - 12:00, New York City (Or join online)
Kristin Booth Glen and members of the SDM Team
8/18/2018 - Community Organizing for Inclusion
Regional Speaker Series
8:30 - 12:00, Rochester (Or join online)
Caitlin Petrakis-Childs

On line class gathering/learning community.

These sessions are for current class members to meet together, share resources, support and information relevant to a particular topic. Engage in small group work and practice presentation skills. This schedule runs once a month, except in September when we will meet regularly for participant presentations. These are 90 minute sessions, Saturday mornings from 8:00 - 9:30.

3/10/2018 - Course Kick-Off/Partner Candidate Introductions
Online Course Meeting 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
4/7/2018 - Advocacy Vision presentations/Intro to Inclusive Education
Online Course Meeting 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
5/5/2018 - Make it Personal small group work/Intro to Service Coordination
Online Course Meeting 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
6/2/2018 - Make it Personal small group work/Intro to Integrated Employment
Online Course Meeting 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
7/7/2018 - Make it Personal small group work/Intro to Supported Living
Online Course Meeting 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
8/4/2018 - Make it Personal small group work/Intro to Community Organizing
Online Course Meeting 8:00a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
9/1/2018 - Make Your Case presentations
Online Course Meeting 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
9/15/2018 - Make Your Case presentations
Online Course Meeting 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
9/29/2018 - Make Your Case presentations and Graduation
Online Course Meeting 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Graduation Criteria

Attendance

  • Attend all presentations in the learning collaborative speaker series (in person or on-line)
    • Complete all session evaluation surveys
  • Attend and active participation in all on-line learning community sessions
    • Complete all session evaluation surveys
    • Provide constructive feedback following Make Your Case presentations by colleagues

Curriculum

  • Read all content provided in each module
  • Participate in on-line discussion forums
  • Review all assigned video content
  • Complete Make it Personal assignments
    • Identify vision
    • Prepare and share vision with class – 5 min maximum
  • Complete survey at the end of each module in curriculum

Field Work

  • Complete all field work assignments

Make it Personal/Make Your Case Presentation

  • Work throughout the semester on advocacy issue for presentation
  • Prepare and present advocacy presentation based on Make it Personal/Make Your Case assignments - 5 minute maximum

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