Open Applications for Partners in Policymaking Program

May 25, 2017

Partners in Policymaking

Who Can Apply?

Partners in Policymaking is a leadership training program for Minnesotans with disabilities, self-advocates, and parents of young children with developmental disabilities.

The program is designed to increase knowledge and confidence and provide new tools and strategies to help people with disabilities better advocate for their needs.

What Do Participants Gain?

Training sessions cover the history of disability and self-advocacy movements, inclusive education, supported living, competitive employment, and avenues to influence county, state, and federal legislative processes. Local experts and nationally recognized leaders in school inclusion, community organizing, governmental processes, and disability issues are among the presenters.

“Graduates report that they gained a greater understanding of disability law and policies, and increased their self confidence in advocating for their needs through the program,” said Dr. Colleen Wieck, Executive Director of the Governor’s Council. “Many have become leaders in their own communities as they speak up for people with disabilities.”

Program sessions are held monthly over eight months, starting in September 2017. 

There is no cost to participate. Childcare and respite allowances are given, and overnight accommodations are provided to those who travel from outside the metro area to attend. Mileage is reimbursed and meals are also provided. Sessions take place in Bloomington, near the Mall of America and the MSP International Airport. 

How to Apply

The deadline to apply for the program is July 1, 2017. 40 Minnesota residents will be chosen to participate by a panel of program graduates and members of the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.  

Applications are available at and can be completed and submitted online. To learn more, visit