Partners in Policymaking will again be virtual this year!  If either transportation or coming to Madison overnight six times have been barriers to you participating, this is the year for you! 

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?

  • Participate in all two‐day sessions and complete all homework assignments. Attendance at all sessions is required, from Friday at 12:30 p.m. to Saturday at 3pm. Only individuals selected to participate in the program will be able to attend (with supports as needed). Aside from attendant care, additional family members and friends cannot attend sessions.
  • 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.
  • Arrange for any 1 on 1 support needed to participate, including arranging any training needed for caregivers to meet your support needs. Remember: support people are not Partners participants and should limit their role during the program to the direct supports of participants.

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

Contact Jenny

2021-2022 Application

Due October 22nd