This weekend, we initiated our 2015 Partners in Policymaking class. The program equips some 35 individuals from 16 counties across Georgia with a comprehensive understanding of disability and advocacy. These graduates will join more than 700 alumni to work at the Capitol and within their own communities to be a voice for change. We are very proud of them and are excited to work with this class throughout this year and in the years to come.
Partners in Policymaking teaches individuals and families living with disabilities, as well as individuals working in the field, how advocacy can positively change the way people with disabilities are supported, viewed, taught and treated in their communities.
Our graduates join an international network of community leaders serving on policy making committees, commissions and boards; working with non profit organizations, education, healthcare and the justice system; and serving in elected office at all levels of government.
The program was developed by the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities under funding by the U.S. Administration on Developmental Disabilities and has been adopted in more than 35 U.S. states and in countries around the globe.
Curriculum includes information on legislative processes, the history of developmental disability, Disability law and individual rights, communication, assistive technology, independent living, inclusive communities, employment and education.
You’ll hear more from our Partners in the coming months as they guest blog here, help us lead Conversations That Matter and other events out in the community and work with us at the Capitol!
See photos here.