May 31 2012

Improve Your Leadership Skills: Apply for Partners in Policymaking

Posted by BPDD at 10:10 AM
- Categories: Advocacy | BPDD | DAWN Alerts | Miscellaneous | Trainings

Advocacy and Systems Change Training Program Accepting Applications

If you are a family member of a child with a developmental disability or a self-advocate with a developmental disability and you have been searching for a leadership opportunity, apply for Wisconsin Partners in Policymaking.

Wisconsin Partners in Policymaking is a six-session advocacy and systems change training program designed to develop a group of seasoned leaders across the state. At the end of the program, leaders will be able to work on policies and initiatives that will support the full participation and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of life. This is the second year of the program, which is an initiative of the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD).

The six-session program is designed for (A) family members of children and youth with developmental disabilities ages birth to 21 and (B) individuals with developmental disabilities.

The six sessions will be held in Madison between November 2012 and May 2013. Each session begins at 1 p.m. on Friday and concludes at 4 p.m. on Saturday. BPDD covers all costs associated with the program, including the training, lodging, meals, and materials.

Wisconsin Partners in Policymaking will be facilitated by Lynn Breedlove, former Executive Director of Disability Rights Wisconsin, and Lisa Pugh, Public Policy Coordinator with the Wisconsin Disability Policy Partnership, which includes Disability Rights Wisconsin, the Waisman Center, and BPDD.

Those interested in participating must submit an application by September 1, 2012.

Additional information about the program, including the application packet and specific training dates, is available on BPDD’s website.

If you have questions about Wisconsin Partners in Policymaking, please contact John Shaw at or (608) 266-7707.



Heidi Wilson

Heidi Wilson wrote on 06/14/12 9:38 PM

Looking back I can't imagine what it was like before I met my Partners in Policymaking Group. If you have a chance, join! It is a life changing experience!

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