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Texas Partners in Policymaking is open to all Individuals who are highly motivated to create more inclusive communities and are:

  • Parents, grandparents, or primary caregivers of children under the age of 22 who have developmental disabilities,
  • Adults with developmental disabilities
  • Siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities
  • We are seeking cultural and geographic diversity within the guidelines above. The selection of participants is made by a team of parents, self-advocates, and professionals.

Texas Participation eligibility includes:

  • Texas Resident
  • Adult with a disability
  • Parent of a child with a disability

Texas Partners in Policymaking seeks a class with a:

  • Diverse cultural background
  • Diversity in race
  • Diversity in gender
  • Self-Advocates and Parents
  • Diversity in groups of developmental disabilities diagnosis
  • Representation of all regions across the State of Texas
  • Varity of advocacy experience – new to advocacy or seasoned
  • A commitment to advancing systems change throughout the advocacy community

The Participation Selection Team consist of:

  • Texas Council of Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) Staff
  • The Partners in Policymaking Staff
  • An independent Advisory Panel comprised of leaders across the State of Texas
  • The Selection Team will work to select applicants that represent the criteria above

We strive to keep our class size small (35) and must be thoughtful about the class composition in terms of region, age, diagnosis, parents, self-advocates and professionals. In the event, you are not selected for Partners this year, we encourage you to apply again, next year. Every year we have more applicants to Texas Partners than we can accept.

** Please be as detailed as possible when filling out application. If you have any questions while about in regards to applying/completing the application process please contact us at info@texaspartners.net.

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for the Application Due May 1, 2017

Individuals who are highly motivated to create more inclusive communities and are:

  • Parents, grandparents, or primary caregivers of children under the age of 22 who have developmental disabilities,
  • Adults with developmental disabilities
  • Siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities
  • We are seeking cultural and geographic diversity within the guidelines above. The selection of participants is made by a team of parents, self-advocates, and professionals.

There is no participant cost to the program. It is fully paid for by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) and Texas Partners in Policymaking.

The Texas 2017-2018 Session will be conducted in Austin, Texas.

All sessions will be scheduled on a Friday (Day 1) and a Saturday (Day 2).

Day 1: 11:00am to 9:00pm
Day 2: 8:00am to 3:00pm

Includes 15-minute comfort breaks during the afternoon of Day 1, and during the morning and afternoon of Day 2. We provide dinner (45-60 minutes) on the first day, and breakfast (30-60 minutes) and lunch (45-60 minutes) on Day 2.

These timeframes are necessary to assure the minimum 128 hours of training or 16 hours per weekend. Meals will be served in a room other than the training room to avoid disruptions from meal set-up and clean-up.

Applications are due no later than 12:00 pm Central Standard Time on May 1st, 2017.

All travel costs are covered and must be discussed on a “case-by-case” basis with the logistics coordinator. If participants drive they are reimbursed $0.54 per mile and flight arrangements are approved through the logistics coordinator.

Participants who are selected will be notified by a phone call no later than June 1st, 2017. Non-Selected Participants will be notified by mail before June 15th, 2017.

The Commitment Level – Partners are expected to make a commitment to:

  • A Commitment to Attend: Attend all eight – two-day sessions and complete all homework assignments. Attendance at all regular sessions is required, from Friday at 11:00 a.m. to Saturday at 4 p.m. Only individuals selected to participate in the program will be able to attend (with supports as needed). Aside from attendant care, additional family members do not attend sessions and should not plan on staying at the hotel with participants.
  • Participation Agreement: Applicants that are selected for the class will need to complete and return a Participation Agreement that outlines what the Partners program will do (provide training, cover expenses, etc.) and what the participant will do (attend all sessions, comply with policies and procedures, etc.).
  • Quality Improvement Surveys: Complete and return the Initial Survey, Six-Month Survey, and Long-Term Survey
  • Session Evaluation Forms: Every participant needs to complete the Session Evaluation form(s) for every training session and/or speaker; these provide valuable information to the Coordinator on the program’s effectiveness.
  • Graduate Project: Each participant needs to complete a post-graduate project, of his/her choosing, within the parameters set by the Coordinator, within six months of graduation. Projects should be a natural extension of both the Core Values, Principles and Competencies, coupled with what participants have learned, related to changes in the system, public policies, attitudes and perceptions, inclusive practices, employment, etc. In some states, participants join together in twos or threes for their project; other participants work solo. The Coordinator should ask participants to start thinking about their project by the 5th or 6th training session, and the decision should be finalized by graduation. Consider these examples: become a mentee of a policymaker; organize/plan a conference on inclusive education or some other issue; organize/raise funds for an inclusive community playground; start a Facebook/social media page on an issue of interest. These are just a few ideas; the sky is the limit!

Texas Partners in Policymaking is open to all Individuals who are highly motivated to create more inclusive communities and are:

  • Parents, grandparents, or primary caregivers of children under the age of 22 who have developmental disabilities,
  • Adults with developmental disabilities
  • Siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities
  • We are seeking cultural and geographic diversity within the guidelines above. The selection of participants is made by a team of parents, self-advocates, and professionals.

Texas Participation eligibility includes:

  • Texas Resident
  • Adult with a disability
  • Parent of a child with a disability

Texas Partners in Policymaking seeks a class with a:

  • Diverse cultural background
  • Diversity in race
  • Diversity in gender
  • Self-Advocates and Parents
  • Diversity in groups of developmental disabilities diagnosis
  • Representation of all regions across the State of Texas
  • Varity of advocacy experience – new to advocacy or seasoned
  • A commitment to advancing systems change throughout the advocacy community

The Participation Selection Team consist of:

  • Texas Council of Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) Staff
  • The Partners in Policymaking Staff
  • An independent Advisory Panel comprised of leaders across the State of Texas
  • The Selection Team will work to select applicants that represent the criteria above

We strive to keep our class size small (35) and must be thoughtful about the class composition in terms of region, age, diagnosis, parents, self-advocates and professionals. In the event, you are not selected for Partners this year, we encourage you to apply again, next year. Every year we have more applicants to Texas Partners than we can accept.

** Please be as detailed as possible when filling out application. If you have any questions while about in regards to applying/completing the application process please contact us at info@texaspartners.net.

The application deadline for the workshop series is May 1st 2017 at 12:00 PM Central Standard Time.

There are no fee’s for the selected applicants for the workshop series. Travel, hotel accommodations and meals are all taken care of by Texas Partners.

We are building a community of Partner graduates/alumni to build and sustain community leader & legislative contacts creating change for people with disabilities. Upon completion of training, Partners are encouraged to lead change in your community and the Capitol for people with disabilities.

No, there is no limit.  Please be as detailed as you feel necessary.

Our first year back we have limited space in our workshop.  So this does not meet the standard for application process.  But we are developing a “Friends of Partners” in the near future.  Support from professionals working in the developmental disabilities community can be a great fit and still be involved.  So please forward to Texas Partners your contact information so we can follow up.

We are starting an alumni program!  For those grads that want to get involved with us now that we are back, please forward your contact information to us so we can keep you post.

 
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