OPA: Connecticut Partners in Policymaking 2014

Connecticut Partners in Policymaking 2014
A Self-Advocacy Training Program
“Building partnerships to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities”
           Partners in Policymaking Training Schedule and Application
Space is limited.
Deadline for Applications is Friday, January 3, 2014
A Project of: The Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities In Partnership With:

The Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
The A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
What is Partners in Policymaking?
The goal of Partners in Policymaking is to foster a collaboration among people with disabilities, parents who have children with disabilities, and policy makers at national, state and local levels.  Partners in Policymaking training teaches people to be community leaders.
Graduates of past Partners in Policymaking training in Connecticut have become involved in key policy and advocacy roles in the state.  The graduates of Connecticut Partners in Policymaking often become members of boards, councils, task forces and advisory committees.  Some move into paid positions addressing policy and program issues for people with disabilities and their families. They are recognized as skilled and capable leaders in disability  issues in their communities and in the state.
Who Should Apply for Partners?
•  Parents and family members of children with disabilities
•  Individuals with disabilities
Participants should be able to actively participate in training and discus- sion and complete an independent advocacy project. Thirty (30) participants will be selected to attend this training program. One half
of the participants will be parents or family members of children withndisabilities and one half will be individuals with disabilities.
All applicants should be willing and able to make a commitment to attending all seven sessions.

Participants will be required to sign a contract agreeing to attend all seven sessions and complete their selected project.  Participation in all sessions is required in order to graduate from the program.
What are the Dates and Locations of Partners in Policymaking Training?
•  The Connecticut Partners in Policymaking training consists of seven weekend training sessions with nationally recognized speakers and state experts in disability issues.  All training  is provided at no cost to participants, including the cost of the hotel  and all meals.

•  Sessions are held at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel, 100 Capital Boulevard in Rocky Hill, CT.  Training begins at Noon on Friday  ends at 4 PM on Saturday.

•  The seven training sessions will be held on the following dates in 2014:

February 7-8  
April 4-5   
June 6-7  
September 19-20
March 14-15  
May 9-10  
August 8-9

•  The project will provide lunch and dinner on Friday night and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

•  All hotel costs including overnight accommodations and meals will be paid by Connecticut Partners in Policymaking.

• The project will pay for transportation, personal assistance services and child  care costs to a limited number of participants who need and request this assistance.
How Do I Apply?  

Complete the application form or contact:

Molly Cole, Director
CT Council on Developmental Disabilities
460 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT  06106
860-418-6157 800-653-1134 toll free
860-297-4380 800-842-7303  toll free
Training Requirements
•  Attend all sessions
•  Complete all homework assignments for each session
•  Complete an advocacy project prior to graduation
You Will Learn To
•  Increase your skills in leadership and advocacy.
•  Meet and dialogue with leading experts in the field
    of developmental disabilities.
•  Develop grassroots efforts to affect public officials and public policy.
•  Understand resources and services, and access needed supports.
Topics Will Include
•  History of the Disability Movement
•  Self-Advocacy
•  Independent Living
•  Inclusive Education
•  Employment and Housing
•  Building Inclusive Communities
•  Natural Supports
•  Assistive Technology
•  Effective Advocacy Skills
•  Legislative Process and Skills for Public Testimony
    and Policy Advocacy
Partners in Policymaking
CT Council on Developmental Disabilities
460 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
60B Weston Street
Hartford, CT 06120
A.J Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-6222

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