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Our Faculty

National speakers enable Partners participants to learn “what’s possible” because the policies, practices, or activities are successful in other places.

The quality of the Texas Partners in Policymaking program depends on speakers who can present “what’s possible” and who:

  • Are experts in the topic area, including having an understanding of the connection between levels of government, systems change, and policy results.
  • Have a broad perspective on cutting edge/best practices in disability issues that are consistent with an empowering vision.
  • Understand what Partners in Policymaking is all about and are committed to the Core Values.
  • Know how to communicate about their topic of expertise through adult learning methods including blended learning.
  • Are motivated and enthusiastic themselves, and able to inspire and energize participants.

2017-2018 National Speaker Line-Up

Session Speakers Date
HISTORY of Disability Services
HISTORY of Parent Movement, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living &
People First Language
August 11-12, 2017
INCLUSIVE EDUCATION & LIFE LONG LEARNING
IDEA & 504
CIVIL DISCOURSE COMMUNICATION
September 15-16, 2017
INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY
SERVICE COORDINATION
PERSON CENTERED PLANNING
October 13-14, 2017
SUPPORTED, COMPETITIVE & CUSTOMIZED EMPLOYMENT
VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION
COMMUNITY & SINGLE ISSUE ORGANIZING
November 10-11, 2017
CREATING A VISION
GUARDIANSHIP and the 84thLegislature
MEDIA TRAINING
January 19-20, 2018
ADVOCACY & LEADERSHIP at the TEXAS CAPITOL
Mock Hearing – Senate Chamber at Texas State Capitol
February 16-17, 2018
FEDERAL DISABILITY ISSUES March 2-3, 2018
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
Graduation at Texas State Capitol
April 13-14, 2018
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