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Our Impact

We measure Partners in Policymaking success by the impact made, with an eye on the past, present and future improvements in inclusiveness for Texans with developmental disabilities. Since Texas Partners was launched, our alumni have won victories for the developmentally disabled community in places as diverse as in schools, on playgrounds and public pools, with city councils and at the state capitol. Here is a sampling of the success stories that our alumni have achieved after learning, through Texas Partners, how and why to craft impactful change for Texans with developmental disabilities.

  • 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

Case Studies

We measure our success by the impact made, in inclusion & integration; increased independence; productivity; and self-determination for all Partners participants and /or family members.