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:
WHEN WILL THE 2014-15 PARTNERS TRAINING TAKE PLACE?
September, October and November, 2014, and January, February, March and April, 2015. Most Partners training weekends begin at 12 pm on Friday, and continue until 3 pm on Saturday. Accepted Partners must agree to attend all seven sessions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING?
All applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2014.
For any other information about Partners, please contact Ned Andrew Solomon at 615.532.6556, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
For more information about Youth Readiness Days (YRD) and other self-advocacy training opportunities for youth, contact Ned Andrew Solomon at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 615.532.6556.