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Partners in Policymaking

What Is Idaho Partners in Policymaking?

Idaho Partners in Policymaking is an innovative leadership development program for adults with developmental disabilities and parents of children with disabilities. Partners receive information, training, resources, and skill building so they may have the best possible life experiences for themselves and for their children. Partners in Policymaking was created in 1986 by Colleen Wieck, Executive Director of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities. The program was developed specifically to teach people with disabilities and families of young children with disabilities to:

  • Work on long-term change.
  • Become active partners with policymakers who will shape policies that impact people with disabilities and families.
  • Understand possibilities and how to create them.

2021-2022 Program Dates

2021 Dates

September 10 – 11, 2021

October 15 – 16, 2021

November 12 – 13, 2021 No session in December

2022 Dates

January 7 – 8, 2022

February 9 – 10, 2022 (Wednesday & Thursday)

March 11 – 12, 2022

April 8 – 9, 2022

May 20 – 21, 2022

Reflections of a 2018 Partners Graduate – Caitlin Heiner

Caitlin Heiner
Caitlin Heiner, Parent – Kimberly, Idaho

I wish that every single parent and self-advocate could be involved with this program.  There is so much information crammed into every session, but it is a WONDERFUL thing!  We are not handed a guide or a textbook on how to do this, and this program is the closest thing to that. You will absolutely not ever regret doing this; do it for yourself and the people you love!

More of Caitlin’s interview

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