CT Partners in Policymaking – A Self-Advocacy Training Program

What is Partners in Policymaking?

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

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 leaders in shaping policy for people with disabilities and their families. Graduates of past Partners in Policymaking training 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.

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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.

Where: Sheraton Hartford South Hotel
100 Capital Boulevard
Rocky Hill, CT.
Time: Trainings from noon to 9PM on Friday and 8:30 to 4PM on Saturday each month.
Dates: Session 1. February 3-4, 2017
Session 2. March 17-18, 2017
Session 3. April 7-8, 2017
Session 4. May 19-20, 2017
Session 5. June 16-17, 2017
No Training in July 2017
Session 6. August 18-19, 2017
Session 7. September 8-9, 2017


Training is offered at 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 Part-ners 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

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