Partners 2019 Webinar Series

New York State Partners in Policymaking® is opening the Partners 2019 Speaker Series to graduates of Partners in Policymaking programs and interested community members. These presentations by recognized experts will cover topics from the Partners in Policymaking® curriculum.

Partners Graduates and community members interested in the topic are invited to join these webinars.

All webinars run from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Eastern

These webinars are open at no cost, but advance registration is required.


Series Schedule

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Foundations of Partners in Policymaking

Speaker: Dave Duell

Although policy change is an imperfect tool for accomplishing inclusion with and on behalf of individuals with disabilities, policymaking moves the needle in civil society incrementally forward where the stakeholders of persons with disabilities all need to take part. This webinar is a first exposure to ‘Disability 101’ policy training. It aims to demystify the policy process, lessen fears and increase involvement from family and friends in the policymaking process.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Inclusive Education

Speaker: Mary Shuh

This webinar will help attendees focus on what inclusive education means, and why it is important for school and for life after school. It will present strategies and examples to illustrate how it can be possible to move towards fully inclusive educational systems.

Thursday, September 26, 2019


Speaker: Karen Healy

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Service Coordination, Person-Centered Planning

Speaker: Jane St. John

This webinar will share information and resources about a family and person-centered planning process. Charting the LifeCourse is a planning framework created by families to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages develop a vision for a good life. Individuals and families may focus on their current situation and stage of life but it also helpful to look ahead to think about life experiences that will help move toward an inclusive, productive life in the future. Even though it was originally created for people with disabilities, this framework works for anyone who wants to plan their life!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Person-Centered Planning

Speaker: Carol Blessing

Person-centered planning has been a resource to individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families for almost 40 years. In the beginning, person-centered planning was not part of the formal services that people received in day programs. Today, the federal government requires most service agencies to apply person-centered planning in their programs. This webinar discusses the roots of person-centered planning; its framing values and how to connect these ideals to the current federal requirements. Advocates need to understand what good person-centered planning is in order to direct supports that lead to a good life.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Integrated Employment

Speaker: Wendy Quarles

Individualized and customized employment is a best practice when it comes to supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities choose, get and keep a job. In this webinar, participants will learn how individualized, customized employment differs from traditional approaches and be introduced to strategies that promote customized employment.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Myths about SSI/SSDI and Work

Speaker: Ray Cebula

This webinar will explore common myths about losing SSI/SSDI benefits when a person with a disability goes to work. Participants will learn how the benefit system is set up to support people with disabilities to find and keep a job. Ray Cebula is a national expert and master trainer on benefit planning. Ray will walk us through how going to work impacts cash benefits, Medicaid and Medicare insurance, interrupting benefits and more!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Housing and Supported Living

Speaker: John Maltby

This webinar will discuss past and current housing for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. John Maltby is a well-known speaker and expert on the subject. John will share information on person-centered funding options, the difference between certified and non-certified housing, and talk about the new world of housing. Participants will learn how housing options are created for people and spend time understanding housing issues and how to address them.