2013 Partners in Policymaking Group Graduates
Twenty-three disability advocates from around the state graduated from Wisconsin Partners in Policymaking on May 11. Partners in Policymaking is a leadership program conducted by BPDD.
Partners is in its second-year as 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. 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 a strong advocate for people with disabilities in their communities.”
Currently, BPDD is featuring a Partners graduate everyday on our Facebook page. Check out the Facebook page to see what the graduates learned from their Partners experience. More information about the program, and the complete list of the 2013 Partners participants, is available on BPDD’s website.
This summer, BPDD will be recruiting participants for the 2014 class, so stay tuned to News ‘N Notes for the application announcement. If you or someone you know would be a good candidate for the program, contact John Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 266-7707.