Adults with disabilities are invited to take their leadership and advocacy skills to the next level

The Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC) is now accepting applications for the 2024 class of Missouri Partners in Policymaking.

The Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC) is now accepting applications for the 2024 Missouri Partners in Policymaking class. Adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) or parents who have children with IDD under age 14 may apply.

“Graduates of the Partner in Policymaking program testify in senate committee hearings, serve on commissions, and even run for office. This network of graduates learn how to advocate for systems change and make Missouri a better place for people with IDD to work, live, and play.’

Stacy Morse, MODDC Program Coordinator

Missouri Partners in Policymaking is a training program that teaches leadership skills and techniques to develop positive partnerships with elected officials, school personnel and other individuals who make policy decisions about services used by people with developmental disabilities and their families.

“PIP [Partners in Policymaking] has changed my life to become a better advocate in having a greater accessibility and knowledge in the many various resources locally and nationally, as well as making great connections. I’m left in ‘awe’ on the many presenters that were given to us and their in-depth knowledge they brought to the table.”

Elizabeth Bennett, 2023 Partners in Policymaking Graduate

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 1, 2023. The application and more information can be found at

Participants must commit to attend all sessions, complete homework assignments and complete a major project designed to meet competencies.

After learning leadership skills and advocacy techniques from state and national experts, participants will work with decision makers to positively impact services for people with disabilities.