Partners in Policymaking is a free leadership and advocacy training program for adults with disabilities and family members of persons with disabilities.
Selected Partners will learn about:
WHAT IS PARTNERS?
The Partners in Policymaking Leadership Institute is a leadership, advocacy and self-advocacy training program for adults with disabilities and family members of persons with disabilities from across the state, sponsored by the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.
WHAT WILL THE SELECTED PARTNERS PARTICIPANTS DO?
Attend information sessions by local and national experts in the disability field on a variety of disability-related topics, including employment, building inclusive communities and classrooms, the state and federal legislative processes, supported and independent living, assistive technology, strategies for advocates and conducting effective meetings.
Partners will also:
September 12 & 13, 2014
October 24 & 25, 2014
November 14 & 15, 2014
January 9 & 10, 2015
February 6 & 7, 2015
March 13 & 14, 2015 (Reunion Conference)
April 10 & 11, 2015 (Graduation)
Partners 2015-2016 dates - To be announced soon!
WHERE WILL IT TAKE PLACE?
At a hotel in Middle Tennessee.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
There is no cost for the training, sleeping rooms or meals on-site during the Partners weekend sessions. Partners will be reimbursed for mileage to and from the Partners session approximately two weeks after each weekend training.
WHO CAN ATTEND?
Adults with disabilities and family members of persons with disabilities. Although each case is reviewed individually, it is not typical for a family member of a person with a disability to participate in the same Partners training year as the family member who has the disability.
HOW MANY PARTNERS PARTICIPANTS WILL BE SELECTED?
Thirty. An effort will be made to select a diverse group, based on type of disability, ethnicity, gender, age of person with a disability or family member, and geographical location of the applicants.
HOW DOES ONE APPLY?
By completing a two-page application, which can be accessed by clicking here to download a form, or by contacting Partners Director Ned Andrew Solomon at 615.532.6556, or by e-mail at email@example.com .
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING?
All applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2015.
For any other information about Partners, please contact Ned Andrew Solomon at 615.532.6556, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2013-14, the Council conducted four Youth Readiness Day trainings for six different high schools in Fayette (Fayette-Ware Comprehensive High School), Shelby (Concord Academy) and Sevier (Sevier County High School, Pigeon Forge High School, Gatlinburg-Pittman High School, and Seymour High School) Counties.
Council staff is available, as schedules permit, to present one-day trainings to help high school students with disabilities to start thinking seriously about their educational, employment and independent living plans after leaving high school. These trainings can be requested by local school systems.
For more information about Youth Readiness Days (YRD) and other self-advocacy training opportunities for youth, contact Ned Andrew Solomon at: email@example.com or by phone at 615.532.6556.