2013 Class of Partners in Policymaking Graduates
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2013
Contact: Joshua Ryf, Communications Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, (608) 261-7829
Disability Advocates from Around the State Complete Program
Madison, WI – Twenty-three disability advocates from around the state graduated from Wisconsin Partners in Policymaking on May 11. Partners in Policymaking is a leadership program from the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD).
Wisconsin Partners in Policymaking is an advocacy and systems change leadership program that prepares self-advocates and family members of people with disabilities to work on policies and initiatives that will support full participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of life. It includes six sessions that cover topics such as employment, inclusive education, advocacy, disability policy, and systems change. This was the second year BPDD conducted the program and many states have similar programs. Nationwide, there are close to 15,000 graduates working to make changes in their communities.
“Partners in Policymaking equips participants with the knowledge and tools to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities in Wisconsin,” said Beth Swedeen, executive director of the BPDD. “I am confident these graduates will continue to be strong advocates for people with disabilities in their community.”
Go to BPDD's website for the list of graduates.