In 1987, the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities created Partners in Policymaking®. Partners is an innovative, competency-based leadership training program for adults with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. The purpose of the program is two-fold: to teach best practices and to teach the competencies needed to influence public policy.
The program’s curriculum includes 128 hours of instruction that are taught over 8 weekends. It is delivered by organizations or individual coordinators who are responsible for recruiting participants, class organization, communication with expert trainers, and organizing financial aspects.
Partners programs have been implemented throughout the United States and internationally. More than 27,000 Partners graduates are part of a growing worldwide network of community leaders serving on policymaking committees, commissions, and boards at local, state, and national levels.
DD Councils have been instrumental in implementing Partners. Over the last five-year cycle, this included: Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
DD Councils reported significant outcomes including graduates assuming leadership roles on boards, committees and influencing policy.
To learn more, contact the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities