Partners in Policymaking Application

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Partners in Policymaking


 A project of the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities 

Application for Participation 
  • Sessions begin October 2010 and end May 2011 
  • Applications due June 5, 2010 
This application and additional information about the program is posted on the  Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities Web site at  click on projects and then Partners in Policymaking.

Dear Advocate: 
  • Are you a parent of a child with a disability or a person with a disability?  
  • Would you like to see a barrier free society where everyone is a valued member of his or her community? 
  • Are you interested in promoting change within your community?
  • Within the state? 
 If you answered YES! to these questions, you might be interested in applying to become one of a over 500 people who are graduates of Indiana’s Partners in Policymaking Academy.  Partners is a leadership-training program for beginning and intermediate level advocates, scheduled for one Friday and Saturday a month for eight months.  
The Partners in Policymaking Academy provides skill building, and up-to-date information on best practices regarding local, state, and national issues that affect individuals with disabilities.  Upon graduation from the Partners in Policymaking Academy, participants will be prepared to advocate for themselves and their children, and to play a leadership role in policy development and advocacy within their communities. 
Each session is devoted to specific topics with national, state and local experts as presenters. Partners are expected to complete assignments between sessions and to commit to one major community project assignment after graduation. 
The program is open to a limited number of people. If selected, the program will cover hotel, travel, childcare and other related expenses. 
Session Dates:  Sessions take place in Indianapolis, one weekend a month from October, 2010 through May, 2011.  Sessions begin at 12:00 pm on Friday and end at 4:00 pm on Saturday except for one  session, which is combined with the first day of the Council’s annual conference and will be either in November or December. Specific session dates will be confirmed and announced by late spring. 
If you are selected for the Partners in Policymaking Academy Class of 2011, you will be asked to pay a $10 non-refundable Registration Fee, as a token of your commitment and sign an agreement to: 
  • Attend all sessions and arrive on time
  • Complete all monthly homework assignments
  • Develop and carry out a community project
  • Conduct yourself in a professional manner during sessions 
For additional copies of the application, brochures, or other information, please contact Partners at (317)-232-7771 or 
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