A series of three horizontal pictures separated by a white border. The first picture is of a woman with dark blond hair, wearing a pink shirt and glasses. She is in a wheelchair, and has her head tilted to the side, smiling at the camera. The next picture is of an Asian American family. On the left is a man with dark brown, short hair. He is wearing a plaid shirt with a white shirt visible underneath. To the right of him is a young girl with dark brown shoulder length hair and bangs. She is wearing glasses and a pink shirt. To her right is a young man, with short brown hair smiling at the camera. The last picture is of a Black man. He is laughing while looking at the camera. He is wearing a white and gray striped shirt.

Apply Now for Partners in Policymaking®

The Council, in partnership with The Arc Maryland, is excited to announce Partners in Policymaking® (Partners) is back this fall!


Partners prepares parents of children with developmental disabilities and adults with developmental disabilities to be effective advocates at the state and local level.

Become a Partner

As a partner, you will create change in your community and beyond. You will get the tools you need to create, work towards, and achieve a vision of shared values about people with developmental disabilities.

We are looking for 30 future leaders across the state, including people with developmental disabilities and family members, to make up the 2022 Partners class.

"Partners in Policymaking gave me more confidence to advocate for myself and others. I also learned who to speak with to get things changed!"

-Dominique Palmer, 2021 Partners Graduate

Learn More About Partners

Join The Arc Maryland for an informational call on September 21, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST.

To learn more about Partners and the application process, join The Arc Maryland at this information session. You can register here.

Apply to Be a Partner today!

Applications for the 2021-2022 Partners in Policymaking® Class are now open! Applications are due September 29, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST. Applicants selected to participate in the class will be notified by October 2, 2021. Before you apply, review the full schedule, class topics, and hear the stories of program graduates on The Arc Maryland's website.

Apply for Partners today!

This project was supported, in part by grant number CFDA 93.630, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.