Partners in Policymaking accepting applications

February 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

Deadline Has Been Extended to May 10!

Are you the parent (or guardian) of a young child with a Partners in Policymaking logodevelopmental disability (DD)? Or are you a person with DD?

If you are, or know someone who is, now is the time to apply for a free training program called Partners in Policymaking (PIP).

Only 30 people (from across Virginia) will be chosen to be Partners. Classes (on Friday evenings and Saturdays) begin in September 2013 and will conclude in May 2014. Eight sessions are held; lodging, meals, training, and transportation (plus individual accommodations such as personal care attendants and interpreters) are paid for participants in Partners.

Topics covered in the sessions include independent living, assistive technology, supported employment, and history of the disability rights movement. Partners practice presenting testimony and learn about impacting the legislative process.

Download the application at http://www.vaboard.org/policymaking.htm and be sure to include three (3) letters of recommendation. Materials are accepted electronically, by fax, or by mail. If you have questions, please contact Rachel Loria at 1-800-846-4464 or Rachel.Loria@vbpd.virginia.gov for more information.

Videos about PIP are available on the Board’s web page and on YouTube through these links, which you can share to your own Facebook page or group:

http://bit.ly/13vaPIP

http://bit.ly/Pip13Va

Don’t delay…Partners in Policymaking is a training program for those who want to make a difference by becoming a skilled, informed advocate for people with disabilities.

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