Partners in Policymaking ® is an innovative national model of leadership training for people with developmental disabilities, parents and family members. It is designed to provide state-of-the-art knowledge about issues and policies related to disability, and to develop participant competencies 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, parents, and family members, and those in position to make policy.

*NYS Partners in Policymaking ® is sponsored by the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

Evaluation Summary for the Partners Classes

The full report is available on the Graduate Reporting Site.

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2016 Partners Cohort Class is now OPEN (Apply Now)

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*This posting is generated directly from Partners Graduates and is not produced by Cornell University's Employment & Disability Institute, The Advocacy Center, The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council or any other organization. Content posted here may not reflect the views of these organizations and they are not responsible for this content.

Upcoming Events

Partner members, view archived Graduate webinars on Moodle


  • 02/11/2014
    Staff Members of The Advocacy Center present at TASH Conference
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  • 01/06/2014
    Young 2013 Graduate Shares her Experience in PIP program
    learn more...

  • 12/13/2013
    2013 PIP Graduates Give Testimony
    learn more...

*The information and links in the news section are provided as resources from outside parties and do not imply endorsement or necessarily reflect the views of the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Cornell University EDI or The Advocacy Center.

Contact Us

  • Cornell University
    Nancy Hinkley
    Principal Investigator, Project Director
    phone: (607) 255-1109

  • Starbridge
    Jackie Yingling
    Training Coordinator
    phone: (585) 224-7324

Partnering Organizations

Starbridge: For the Hope and the How Logo Yang-Tan Institute Cornell University