About the Partners Program
Partners in Policymaking® is a program that prepares parents of children with disabilities and adults with disabilities to be effective advocates at state and local levels. Over 30 states in the U.S. have a Partners program, including Maryland.
This year, The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council has provided the Arc Maryland a $100,000 grant to manage the state's 2019 Partners in Policymaking® program. The Arc Maryland has provided funding, as well. This investment allows Partners participants to attend the program free of charge. Hotels, meals, and materials are covered for all Partners.
The program spans 10 sessions between January and September of 2019.
Each session will take deep dives into topics such as Legislation, Person-Centered Planning, Education, Employment, Housing, and more. Additionally, sessions will feature speakers from national, state, or local levels to teach class members how to influence policy and plan for a better future.
Don't miss this exceptional opportunity!
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Becoming a Partner
Partners is about systems change - creating, working towards, and achieving a vision of shared values about people with disabilities. This change starts with you!
If you want to learn how to become a long-term agent of change in the community, or you know someone who does, Partners in Policymaking® is an excellent way to achieve this.
We are looking for approximately 30 future leaders across the state, consisting of self-advocates, parents, and family members of people with disabilities, to make up our 2019 Partners class. It is important that applicants can attend each of the 10 sessions. The 2019 Partners
in Policymaking® Schedule can be found below and on the application.
Apply for Maryland Partners in Policymaking®
! The applications will be accepted until Sunday, October 21.
Partners of the Past
One of The Arc Maryland's own, Grace Pushparany Williams, Assistant Director of Public Policy and Partnerships, is a 2001 graduate of Partners. Grace had this to say about what the program meant to her:
"Partners in Policymaking educated and trained me in a special way to advocate not only for my twin daughters with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism and special health care needs, but for all people with disabilities. After Partners I made a career change to work for nonprofits whose mission and vision was to make a greater impact for those with special needs."
2019 Partners Schedule
Below is the schedule for Partners in Policymaking across 2019. It is important that participants attend all sessions for Partners.
All one and two-day sessions will take place in Columbia. During two-day sessions, participants will stay overnight.
The first event, Developmental Disabilities Day, will be in Annapolis, while the second event, The Arc Maryland State Convention, will be in Ellicott City.