The Partners in Policymaking® Deadline Is August 16, 2019
The Arc Maryland is looking for approximately 30 future leaders across the state, including people with developmental disabilities, parents of children with developmental disabilities, and family members, to make up the 2020 Partners class. 

Participating in the Partners in Policymaking® program is an opportunity to take another step in creating the systemic change needed in your community and beyond. As a Partner, you get the tools and education you need to create, work towards, and achieve a vision of shared values about people with developmental disabilities.

The Council has awarded a $100,000 grant to The Arc Maryland to manage the state's 2020 Partners in Policymaking® program. The Arc Maryland has provided funding as well.

2019-2020 Partners Schedule
To participate, you must be able to attend all nine sessions, which will take place in Columbia, Maryland. The one-day sessions take place from 9:00 am to 5 pm. The two-day overnight sessions take place from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Sunday and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Monday.
Session 1: Sunday, Sept. 22 & Monday, Sept. 23, 2019: History of the Developmental Disabilities Movement; Lessons Learned and the Way Forward
Session 2: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019: Developing Your Ideal Life
Session 3: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019: State Laws and Policies and Those Who Create Them
Session 4: Sunday, Jan. 12 & Monday, Jan. 13, 2020: Inclusive Education and Lifelong Learning/Assistive Technology
Session 5: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020: Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature
Session 6: Wednesday, March 25, 2020: Federal Laws and Advocacy in Action
Session 7: Sunday, April 26 & Monday, April 27, 2020: Living Your Ideal Life
Session 8: Tuesday, May 19, 2020: Taking Your Place
Session 9: Tuesday, June 2, 2020: The Arc Maryland Annual Convention

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