You do have the political power to CHANGE LIVES.
You do have the political power to CHANGE LIVES.
You do have the political power to CHANGE LIVES.
You do have the political power to CHANGE LIVES.
You do have the political power to CHANGE LIVES.
You do have the political power to CHANGE LIVES.

You do have the political power to CHANGE LIVES.

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Texas Partners in Policymaking offers innovative and intensive advocate training for Families with children with developmental disabilities and Self-Advocates with developmental disabilities.

Austin, TX

From August 2017 - April 2018

For Texans with developmental disabilities or family members
Just 35 students per class
168 training hours in 8 weekend sessions
No cost. Funded by Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities.
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Join People with developmental disabilities and their families working toward one goal:

To learn the tools to advocate for full participation and inclusion, in all areas of life, for children and adults with disabilities.

  • Study cutting edge practices from national and state experts in the disability field.

    Study cutting edge practices from national and state experts in the disability field.

  • Learn to partner with policy-makers at the local, state and federal levels to advocate for real change.

    Learn to partner with policy-makers at the local, state and federal levels to advocate for real change.

  • Build true relationships with a community of people who share your frustrations and your optimism for something better.

    Build true relationships with a community of people who share your frustrations and your optimism for something better.

  • Experience the power of committed, motivated people like you who come from all across Texas and span diverse backgrounds

    Experience the power of committed, motivated people like you who come from all across Texas and span diverse backgrounds

Learn About

  • Disability History
  • Inclusive Education
  • Employment
  • Disability Policy
  • Systems Change
  • Advocacy
  • A few short months after graduation, I learned about an education bill at the state level that would be harmful to children with disabilities. I attended the legislative hearing on the bill and provided my personal testimony (along with other advocates). I felt confident and prepared, thanks to the Partners training — and thanks to all of our testimonials, the legislative committee killed the bill that day—success!

    Texas Partners Alumnus

  • The Partners training provided me and my classmates with specific training on influencing public policy at the local, state, and federal levels — with mock hearings, meeting with legislators, and much more. It was awesome!

    Texas Partners Alumnus

  • Partners helped me learn effective, proactive strategies — collaborative, cooperative, win-win strategies, instead of adversarial win-lose efforts — to create a more inclusive community not just for my son but for everyone in our community.

    Texas Partners Alumnus

  • In the years since my graduation, I’ve worked diligently to help individuals with disabilities and their families understand that having the “whatever it takes” attitude is important to ensure people with disabilities move away from segregated, congregate facilities to a home of their own!

    Texas Partners Alumnus

  • I’ve helped people with disabilities and families learn to use effective community organizing techniques that can ensure our communities are welcoming to all. I wouldn’t have known these skills to share with others without Partners!

    Texas Partners Alumnus

Stories

We measure our success in the ways that policy has been changed and, ultimately, in the way that people with disabilities are able to live their lives with Inclusion, Productivity, Self-Determination, and Independence.