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      Partners in Policymaking: Celebrating 25 Years Advocating for Disability Rights

      Posted on July 16, 2012 at 8:00 AM

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      Governor Dayton speaks at the 2012 Disabilities Day Rally in the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda.

      The Partners in Policymaking Program recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary, marking a quarter century of advocacy, education, and inspiration for people with developmental disabilities and their families.  

      Since 1987, the program – led by the Department of Administration’s Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), has provided leadership training for parents of children with developmental disabilities and adults with disabilities.  By helping these individuals self-advocate and form relationships with elected officials and policymakers, the program empowers them to positively shape the policies and services that impact their lives.

      Read Governor Dayton’s Partners in Policymaking Day Proclamation here (Link).

      Since its creation over 25 years ago, more than 850 Minnesotans have completed the program. Minnesota’s program was the first of its kind and has since been replicated by many other states, and even beyond US borders. Today, over 23,000 individuals have graduated from Partners in Policymaking programs all across the world, forming a growing national and international network of community leaders who influence the services used by individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

      You can read about some of the program’s recent graduates in this story by the Mankato Free Press.

      With over 25 years of essential promotion for disability rights, Partners in Policymaking will continue teaching self-advocates and parents about the power of personal and group advocacy to not only change the way people with developmental disabilities live and work, but also how they are are supported, viewed, and taught.