Partners in Policymaking Leadership Institute

Apply to Partners in Policymaking

Partners in Policymaking™ is the Council’s leadership and advocacy training program for adults with disabilities and family members of persons with disabilities.

The Council established the Partners in Policymaking™ program in TN in 1992. Since that time, more than 500 adults with disabilities and family members with disabilities have completed the intensive program; these graduates have gone on to advocate for themselves, their family members and the disability community at large, and to influence policies on the local, state and national level. 

This training provides the opportunity to learn from local and national experts about a variety of policies and practices that impact people with disabilities and their families.

Selected Partners will learn about:

  • state and federal legislative processes
  • inclusive communities and classrooms
  • proven practices in housing and employment
  • assistive technology
  • strategies for advocates and self-advocates

Selected Partners will:

  • Attend information sessions by local and national experts in the disability field
  • Complete and report on homework assignments
  • Compose and present testimony for or against a legislative bill   
  • Tour the State Capitol and meet with a legislator
  • Network with other individuals with disabilities and family members
  • Attend the Partners Annual Reunion Conference [all graduates invited]

This program takes place over seven weekends throughout the year (September-November and January-April) at a hotel in Middle TN.

There is no cost for the training, sleeping rooms or meals during the Partners weekend sessions. Partners will be reimbursed for mileage to and from the Partners session approximately two weeks after each session.

Click this link to download a Partners application. All applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2018.

For more information, contact Ned Andrew Solomon at ned.solomon@tn.gov or by phone at 615.532.6556.