Leading Edge Resources: EmPOWERment through Leadership Training

Partners in Policymaking was created in Minnesota by the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities in 1987. Partners is an innovative, competency based leadership training program for adults with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. The purpose of the program is twofold: To teach best practices in disability, and the competencies of influencing public officials.

Since 1987, Partners programs have been implemented in 46 states, the Northern Mariana Islands, Netherlands, Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom. More than 13,000 Partners graduates are part of a growing national and international network of community leaders serving on policy making committees, commissions, and boards at all levels of government. Partners programs are increasingly available as self directed e-learning courses. These e-learning courses are available to everyone!

Partners in Education"Partners in Education," a six-hour self directed e-learning course to help parents with children with developmental disabilities better understand and maximize the benefits of special education services and inclusion for their children, is now available.Updates to this course regarding the results of the IDEA reauthorization, now titled the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004, will be made when an accurate and comprehensive summary is available. www.partnersonlinecourses.com/partners-in-education

Partners in Making Your Case"Making Your Case" is a three-hour self directed course on how to communicate with public officials by effectively telling your personal story, writing a letter, providing testimony, and communicating in positive ways. www.partnersonlinecourses.com/partners-in-making-your-case

Partners in Employment"Partners in Employment" is a six-hour self directed course on how to find a job, write a resume, participate in an interview, and plan for your career. www.partnersonlinecourses.com/partners-in-employment

Partners in Time"Partners in Time" is an eight-hour self-study course that explores how people have lived, learned, and worked throughout history; common themes; and how history repeats itself in its perceptions and treatment of people with disabilities. www.partnersonlinecourses.com/partners-in-time

Partners in Living"Partners in Living" is a self-study course created to help people with developmental disabilities, their family and friends explore four important elements that, together, can help them create a meaningful life: Self-Determination, Family Support, Community Living and Assistive Technology http://www.partnersonlinecourses.com/partners-in-living