Council-Sponsored Grant Activities: Partners in Policymaking®
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. The kickoff weekend was 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.
Charlie and Marie Girsch sought out the creative spirits in participants as reflected in these photos. Through a series of colorful exercises, everyone was challenged to think differently, and stay open to new ideas and new ways to look at things.
"I love that they challenged me to think differently, and it felt good too!"
"Fun and great exercises to wake up our creativity. Useful in so many ways."
A panel of Partners graduates, self advocates and parents, also shared their personal experiences about the Partners program, how their lives have changed as a result of their participation, and the benefits they received.