Wisconsin Partners in Policymaking is an advocacy and systems change training program designed to develop a group of future leaders across the state who are able 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.

The 2021-2022 Partners class will be a hybrid model with both in-person and virtual options available. While this is the first time we will be having a hybrid model, the content will remain the same.

Who can apply?

Individuals who are highly motivated to create more inclusive communities AND are:

  • Adults with developmental disabilities
  • Adult siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Parents/primary caregivers of children and youth with developmental disabilities ages birth to 21.

We are seeking cultural and geographic diversity within the guidelines above. The selection of participants is made by a team of parents, self-advocates and professionals.

What is the cost?

Partners is funded by BPDD, which covers all costs associated with the training including, lodging and meals for in person meetings and materials.

If you have questions or would like more information about the Partners in Policymaking program, please contact Jenny Neugart at jennifer.neugart@wisconsin.gov or (608) 266‐7707.