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Networks are established and strengthened, and long term partnerships and friendships are created among Partners participants and graduates.  This Motley Crew of Alabama Partners graduates, with one exception, recently made a trip to Graceland. Jayne Chase, the Alabama Partners coordinator (far right in the photo), shared a bit of their Graceland experience. The woman sitting directly behind Jayne is from South Carolina. She left her party and joined the Motley Crew because they were having so much fun.

Alabama Partners at Graceland

We had persuaded Florence to get her own place which she would dearly love, had all the supports worked out and then those wretched people told her that she could be sitting for hours without anyone coming to get her up and all that scary stuff and Florence got scared to do it. Florence hates it there, she does not even get to decide what to eat or when to eat. We all became friends BECAUSE OF PARTNERS and this is the group that went to Vegas. We come from every corner of the state.

We had just gotten to Graceland, got Florence in her chair ready to buy our tickets and her chair broke, I mean the metal tubing that criss-crossed underneath popped and broke. It is a miracle she was not hurt. We just all loaded up, found a thrift store and bought one for $30 bucks, and left the broken one in Graceland parking lot.

As I have said so many times before, the things that come out of Partners that cannot be measured on paper....

Article on the Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities Partners in Policymaking program (Acrobat pdf).

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