What Is Partners in Policymaking?
Partners in Policymaking is an innovative leadership training program that teaches people how to be community leaders. The program is designed for parents raising young or school-aged children with a developmental disability or young adults with developmental disabilities.
Partners are people who are ready to work for change in public policy. The overall goal of the program is to foster a partnership between people who need and use services for disabilities and those who make public policy. Graduates of the program gain the abilities to teach policymakers a new way of thinking about people with disabilities.
Partners are tasked with providing relevant, up-to-date information, education and skill building activities about the legislative process and local, state and national issues that affect individuals with disabilities.
Who Is A Partner in Policymaking?
Partners come from all walks of life, with a common goal of improving and enhancing the lives of those with disabilities. The Partner in Policymaking program is currently seeking highly motivated men and women who represent different ethnic backgrounds, various disabilities and geographic regions across Delaware to become members of it’s Class of 2016.
Preference is given to, but not limited to:
- Young adults who have developmental disabilities (under age 40).
- Parents raising young or school aged children who have developmental disabilities.
Additionally, participants must be at least 18 years of age, be a Delaware resident and be able to commit to attend all Partner in Policymaking program sessions.
Join Partners In Policymaking Class of 2016!
Each year a limited number of people are selected to participate in the Delaware Partners in Policymaking program. Applications are now open for the Class of 2016.
The 2016 Partners in Policymaking program will consist of 8, two-day sessions held once a month from February through September. Each session begins at 12 noon on Friday and concludes late Saturday afternoon, and will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn Dover, 1706 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE.
To apply for the Class of 2016, complete the Online Application at the Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council website.
You may also complete a Printed Application. Once completed, the printed application may be submitted by U.S. mail, e-mail, or fax. See page 5 of the application for additional instructions for completing a printed application.
More information about Partners in Policymaking may be found at Delaware Division of Disabilities Council and in this Program Brochure.
There is no fee to participate in the Partners in Policymaking program. The program is fully funded through the support of Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council, Delaware’s Department of Education, Birth to Three program and the Delaware General Assembly.
Note: The application deadline is December 18, 2015.
Are You Ready to Make a Change?
Are you ready to make an impact in the lives of those with disabilities? Then the Partners in Policymaking program is for you. Consider applying for the Class of 2016 and see all the change you can create.
Contact the Division of Disabilities Council directly at (302) 739-3333 for additional information.