Connecticut Partners in Policymaking for Parents of Children with Disabilities

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: Friday, December 28, 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 in Policymaking

When & Where Where: Hilton Garden Inn Glastonbury 85 Glastonbury Boulevard Glastonbury, CT 06033
Time: Trainings from 12 noon to 9PM on Friday and 8:30AM to 4PM on Saturday each month
Dates: The 2019 sessions will be:
Session 1: February 8-9
Session 2: March 8-9
Session 3: April 19-20
Session 4: May 17-18
Session 5: June 14-15
No Training in July
Session 6: August 16-17
Session 7: September 13-14

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?

Complete the  on-line application form below. 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.


  • Permission from Director for Release from work to attend Partners training:

  • To Be Reviewed and Signed by the Applicant: