The Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC) is currently accepting applications for the 2023 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,” said Stacy Morse, 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.
“I love all the things I am learning through Partners. I am most excited about learning more about how I can self-advocate more for myself, my friends and others. I also really love meeting all the people and getting to meet others who also have different abilities,” said Sarah T., 2022 Partners in Policymaking graduate.
“I love how it [Partners in Policymaking] has been helping me to learn more about disabilities and Down Syndrome. To better understand who I am about myself,” said Amanda K., 2022 Partners in Policymaking graduate.
The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 1, 2022.
The application and more information can here.
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.
The Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC) is a federally-funded, 23-member, consumer-driven council appointed by the Governor. Its mandate under P.L. 106-402, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, is to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity and integration in all aspects of community life.