We have decided to extend the deadline for Partners in Policymaking applications!

Partners in Policymaking is an advocacy and systems change training program designed to develop a group of future leaders across the state, who are empowered to work with legislators and communities on policies and initiatives that will support the full participation and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of life.  Partners is for parents of youth with disabilities under the age of 21, adults with developmental disabilities and adult family members of people with developmental disabilities.  We will choose 30 applicants for this once if a lifetime experience.

If traveling to Madison or being away from home has been a barrier for you in the past, this is your year!  Partners will be 10 sessions with 2 of those dates potentially taking place in Madison.  While there are more sessions, it’s actually less time than the traditional program.  We are also making the most of the virtual program by including some national speakers!

You will leave Partners with the knowledge of inclusive disability systems and supports, practice talking to legislators, testifying at public hearings, your own elevator speech, a solid understanding of disability history, strategies to convey your message, connections to other advocates throughout the state and you will become part of a growing network of over 200 parents and self-advocates making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities in our state.

Apply by September 25th at


Questions?  Contact Jenny Neugart at jennifer.neugart@wisconsin.gov.

Quotes from Partners Graduates:

“The moment why my Senator looked me in the eyes and asked me what I would say if the Secretary of the Dept. of Health Services was in the office with us.  Instead of feeling anxious or fearful, I felt empowered and prepared to tell my story and ask for change.”

“Besides confidence, I also feel I have gained knowledge on how the legislature operates and how I can be involved. I am also very driven to continue with my advocacy efforts after this.”