Connecticut Partners in Policymaking 2018 for Parents of Young Children with Disabilities (Birth to 5)

A Parent Advocacy Training Program
Building partnerships to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities

parent and disabled child

Training Schedule and Application, APPLY TODAY!
Deadline for Applications is Friday March 9, 2018.

A Project of:

Council on Developmental Disabilities

Disability Rights Connecticut, Inc.

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What is Partners?

Partners in Policymaking is a training program that is designed to build collaboration among people with disabilities, parents who have children with disabilities, service providers, and policy makers at national, state and local levels. In Connecticut sixteen classes of Partners have completed the training since 1989. For the first time, we are offering a shorter, modified training designed for parents of young children with disabilities ages birth to five. The training will offer parents an information and skills to better understand and access opportunities for their children.

Who Should Apply?

This training is for parents and caretakers of children with disabilities ages 0-5. Participants must actively participate in training and discussion, and complete homework assignments. Twenty-five (25) participants will be chosen. Participants will be expected to attend all four sessions.

About the Training

The Connecticut Partners for Parents/Caretakers of Young Children with Disabilities training consists of four Saturday 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 lunch.

When & Where Saturdays 10 AM – 4 PM
270 Farmington Avenue
The Exchange Suite 181
Farmington, CT  06032
Dates: Session 1. April 21, 2018
Session 2. April 28, 2018
Session 3. May 5, 2018
Session 4. May 12, 2018

Partners training is offered at no cost to participants!

The project will provide coffee and lunch each Saturday.


  • Session One: History of the Disability Movement
  • Session One: Current Challenges and Effective Advocacy Strategies
  • Session Two: Setting A Vision for Your Child’s Future
  • Session Two: Transitions and Life Course Planning
  • Session Three: IDEA /Special Education
  • Session Three: Inclusion
  • Session Four: Assistive Technology
  • Session Four: Navigating the System
  • Session Four: Effective Communication

Training Requirements

  • Arrive on time
  • Attend all sessions
  • Complete all homework assignments for each session
  • Actively participate in training and discussion

How Do I Apply?

Click the link below and complete the on-line application form. The results will be emailed to Molly Cole at Disability Rights Connecticut ( If you need assistance completing the application contact Molly Cole at 860-679-1568.

Partners for Parents/Caretakers of Young Children with Disabilities 2018 Application