Council-Sponsored Grant Activities
Partners in Policymaking Class 31
The application review process for Partners Class 31 was completed in July 2013. A total of 32 individuals - 10 self advocates, 21 parents, and one self advocate who is also a parent were selected to participate in Partners Class 31.
Weekend 1 (September 27-29, 2013) This first weekend session covered the history of disabilities, dating back to 1500 B.C., the perceptions, misconceptions, and treatment of individuals with disabilities over time; and highlighted the Parent Movement, Independent Living Movement, and Self Advocacy Movement.
Weekend 2 (October 25-26, 2013) Patrick Schwarz provided the historical context of inclusive education, offered examples of school and community inclusion, and challenged everyone to better understand what inclusion really means and the strategies behind successful school inclusion. Participants explored the practical application of these concepts by using the principles of civil discourse and role playing effective meetings in a school environment.
Weekend 3 (November 22-23, 2013) Class 31 participants learned about the county's role specifically but were also introduced to the "layers" of government at the federal, state, and local levels.
Weekend 4 (January 24-25, 2014) How and where one lives, and with whom are directly related to inclusion and belonging, and how other people see us. Real work for real pay, in a job that matches one's interests and abilities, and offers opportunities for advancement, leads to financial independence, an important part of the dimensions of life.
Weekend 5 (February 24-25, 2014) Community organizing relies on shared self-interests, promotes community building, and can shift and generate collective power.
On Eagle's Wings
Cultural Outreach Program in the African American Community
The cultural outreach programs are intended to prepare parents with children with developmental disabilities who are also members of minority communities for the Partners in Policymaking® program – by providing outreach services to minority parents, personal support, and a training program that offers resource information about available programs and services, and introduces the concepts of the Partners program. Fifteen individuals were recruited for this year's program. All selected participants attended the first training session that was held on December 7, 2013 and focused on the History of Disabilities.
The second training session was held on January 4, 2014 and focused on inclusive education. The third training session was held on January 18, 2014, addressed the role of the county in delivering services and supports, and some of the programs and services available and how to access them. The February 15, 2014 training session gave participants several opportunities to learn and practice how to most effectively communicate with their legislators and other policymakers about disability related issues that affect individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
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The Discovery Process
The Discovery Process is a tool, an information gathering strategy that involves seven stages of learning about an individual. During the 2013 project year, the Discovery Process resulted in six transition students and six adults with developmental disabilities finding jobs that matched the vocational themes they had identified.
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