Partners in Policymaking 2019 graduates

A Self-Advocacy Leadership Training Program

“Building partnerships to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities”

Application for 2021

What is Partners in Policymaking?

The goal of Partners in Policymaking is to foster collaboration among people with disabilities, parents who have children with disabilities, and policy makers at national, state and local levels. Partners in Policymaking trainings teach people to be leaders in shaping policy for people with disabilities and their families. Graduates of past Partners in Policymaking trainings in Connecticut have become involved in key policy and advocacy roles in the state. The graduates of CT Partners in Policymaking often become members of boards, councils, task forces, and advisory committees. They are recognized as skilled and capable leaders in disability issues in their communities and in the state.



Space is limited!  

To receive an application for Partners

Contact Molly Cole


Laurie Cantwell

For questions and concerns you may call Laurie at:

(800) 842-7303

Deadline for Applications:

Monday December 28, 2020

Who Should Apply?

  • Parents and family members of individuals with disabilities
  • Individuals with disabilities

Participants should be able to actively participate in training and discussion and complete an independent advocacy project. Thirty participants will be chosen. One half of the participants will be parents or family members of individuals with disabilities and one half will be individuals with disabilities.

About the 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.


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No Cost to Participants

  • The project will provide lunch and dinner on Friday 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 and personal assistance services. The project will also pay for child care costs to a limited number of participants.


  • 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
  • Skills for Public Testimony

Training Requirements

  • Arrive on time
  • Attend all sessions
  • Complete all homework assignments for each session
  • Complete an advocacy project prior to graduation

Participating Partners

Council on Developmental Disabilities

Disability Rights Connecticut, Inc.

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