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What is NYS Partners in Policymaking®?

NYS Partners in Policymaking ® is a leadership and advocacy training program. It supports individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families in their efforts to make an impact on the issues they care about.

Who is Eligible to Participate
in NYS Partners in Policymaking®?

The Partners Program is open to adults with developmental disabilities in New York State, as well as their parents, family members, and caregivers. Applicants are chosen to join the 2018 class based on individual fit to the program as determined by the content of the applications. There is no charge to participate, but participants will need a computer and internet connection, as well as a commitment to study the online material and attend one online class a month and one Speaker Series a month (online or in person).

What Do Partners in Policymaking® Students Do?

Partners complete a series of training sessions. Most of the sessions are online, but there will be regional events with speakers, and participant can attend those in person if they wish. Partners complete assignments between each session, and plan an advocacy project that they will complete the year after their training ends.

On average partners should expect to spend 15 hours per month on the course.

What Will I Learn?

Topics covered by sessions include:

  • History of disability and advocacy
  • Inclusive education
  • Service coordination and person-centered planning
  • Integrated employment
  • Supported living
  • Community organizing for inclusion

What are Partners in Policymaking® Classes Like?

When Do Partners Meet?

The course kicks off at 8 am March 10th with Partner Introductions and an overview of the course.

Online sessions meet twice per month, from 8-9:30 on Saturday mornings. Some of these sessions are part of the Partners 2018 Speaker Series events which are broadcast live from across the state and can be attended in person or online.

Between sessions, participants will study a topic via the Moodle online learning platform. Materials will include readings, videos and assignments to be done in Moodle forums. Modules are available 24/7 and are completed at each participants chosen time and pace during the month.

Online Sessions

Each month, participants will study a topic via the Moodle online learning platform. Materials will include readings, videos and assignments to be done in Moodle forums. Modules are available 24/7 and are completed at each participants chosen time and pace during the month. Once each month, the entire Partners 2018 class will gather online to view a webinar, share resources, support, and information relevant to the current topic. Participants will engage in small group work and practice their presentation and advocacy skills.

Live Sessions

In 2018, New York State Partners in Policymaking ® is hosting the Partners 2018 Speakers Series, a sequence of collaborative workshops on the topics being covered by the course materials. Recognized experts on the core topics of the Partners curriculum will present in person at these sessions around the state. 2018 Partners must attend these regional events, either in person or via the web. Partners graduates and other people interested in the topic will also be invited to attend the events in person or online.

3/10/2018 - Course Kick-Off/Partner Candidate Introductions
Online Course Meeting 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
3/24/2018 - Never Give Up: the Essence of Self-Advocacy & Leadership
Regional Speaker Series
8:30 - 12:00, Long Island (Or join online)
Diana Braun and Alice Elliot

4/7/2018 - Advocacy Vision presentations/Intro to Inclusive Education
Online Course Meeting 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
4/21/2018 - Inclusive Education: From Benevolence to Justice
Regional Speaker Series
8:30 - 12:00, Buffalo (Or join online)
Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift
5/5/2018 - Make it Personal small group work/Intro to Service Coordination
Online Course Meeting 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
5/19/2018 - Person-Centered Pathways toward Contribution and Citizenship using Individualized Supports Regional Speaker Series
8:30 - 12:00, Albany (Or join online)
Beth Mount
6/2/2018 - Make it Personal small group work/Intro to Integrated Employment
Online Course Meeting 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
6/23/2018 - Customized Employment: Equal Opportunity for Real Work, Real Pay in the Real World - Regional Speaker Series
8:30 - 12:00, Syracuse (Or join online)
Connie Ferrell
7/7/2018 - Make it Personal small group work/Intro to Supported Living
Online Course Meeting 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
7/21/2018 - Supported Decision Making: Another Tool in the Self-Determination Toolbox- Regional Speaker Series
8:30 - 12:00, New York City (Or join online)
Kristin Booth Glen and members of the SDM Team
8/4/2018 - Make it Personal small group work/Intro to Community Organizing
Online Course Meeting 8:00a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
8/18/2018 - Community Organizing for Inclusion
Regional Speaker Series
8:30 - 12:00, Rochester (Or join online)
Caitlin Petrakis-Childs
9/1/2018 - Make Your Case presentations
Online Course Meeting 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
9/15/2018 - Make Your Case presentations
Online Course Meeting 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
9/29/2018 - Make Your Case presentations and Graduation
Online Course Meeting 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Why Should I Join NYS Partners in Policymaking®?

"Partners gave me the motivation to make proactive positive changes, instead of settling for status quo."

"I am more knowledgeable and confident in my advocacy efforts."

"I have been more involved in policy changes, as well as changes in my own life. I am more independent because of the Partners program."

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