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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 nationally and internationally. More than 27,000 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!