This workshop will train you how to advocate for policies and initiatives that support full participation and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities.

Who can participate? 

Adults with developmental disabilities and family members of children and youth with developmental disabilities (ages birth to 21).

What is expected of participants?

  • Attend all sessions and complete all homework assignments. We will hold 8 virtual sessions via Zoom and 2 in-person sessions in Madison (if it is safe to do so). Only individuals selected to participate in the program will be able to attend with supports as needed. Additional family members do not attend sessions and should not plan on staying at the hotel with participants.
  • Participate in networking, advocacy activities, interviews, readings (which are offered in alternative formats), and other projects.
  • Develop and implement a project that results in a change that will improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

Core Values

Participants agree to support these core values laid out in the federal Developmental Disabilities Act.  Please affirm that you support each value before applying for Partners. 

What is the cost? 

Partners is funded by BPDD and covers costs associated with the training, lodging, meals, and materials.

Some topics covered

  • History of the disability rights movement
  • Self‐determination, self‐advocacy, and person‐centered planning
  • Disability policy and systems change
  • Community engagement, organizing, and grassroots advocacy
  • School inclusion, integrated employment, community supported living
  • The legislative process and legislative advocacy

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