Would you like to become a leader in disability advocacy?
The New York State (NYS) Partners in Policymaking® program is a leadership development opportunity for people who have developmental disabilities and family members. Partners provides knowledge about issues and policies related to disability, and develops participant abilities to become more effective in influencing policy development at all levels. The overall intent is to achieve a productive partnership between people with developmental disabilities, family members, and those in position to make policy.
How does Partners in Policymaking work?
Individuals living in New York who are interested should visit the Partners website to begin the application process.
The program is free of charge.
The NYS program uses innovative online technology to deliver training programs during the semester. Topics include –
- Disability history and policy
- Creating community
- Individualized services
- State and federal issues
- Systemic advocacy in practice: field testimony
Partners are expected to complete assignments between sessions, and to commit to one major project to be completed in the following year. These projects may include activities such as serving an internship, serving on a board, organizing a letter writing campaign, or organizing special receptions or town meetings for public officials.
Upon completion of the Partners program, participants join a statewide and national graduate network and become eligible for follow-up activities and advanced training.
How do you get started?
NYS Partners in Policymaking® is a collaborative effort by Cornell University’s Employment & Disability Institute (EDI) and Starbridge, and is funded by the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC).