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2018 Partners in Policymaking Annual Reunion

24 Years of Partners in Policymaking in TN
Thursday, December 28, 2017 | 03:41pm


Tennessee is celebrating 24 years of hosting the Partners in Policymaking Leadership Institute with our annual Partners Reunion open only to graduates of the program and the current Partners class on March 23-24, 2018 at the Cool Springs Marriott.


Our opening keynote speaker will be Derrick Dufresne, the founder and a senior partner of Community Resource Associates, Inc., a training and management consulting firm that is dedicated to promoting full community inclusion for individuals with disabilities. Since 1974, Derrick has been involved in both managing a statewide community residential program, and closing and converting 20 group homes to supported living arrangements. Derrick is an old friend of the Tennessee Partners program, and those of us who go “way back” will remember his engaging and inspiring delivery.

We will also have informational sessions on Communicating with Limited Speech through PhotographyUPS: an Inclusive Employment Model; the Employment and Community First CHOICES program; and more. We will have our annual overview of state and federal disability-related legislation and our popular Friday night dance with a DJ.

Hotel, Registration & Other Logistics

Please return your registration form by Jan. 27, 2018 to guarantee a space. Download the registration form here - all Partners should have received this form in the mail.

In order to attend this event, a $20 registration fee must be submitted along with the completed application. Please make checks or money orders payable to: The Arc Tennessee. Please do not send cash. We will have scholarships for those individuals who cannot afford the registration fee. 

Hotel rooms will be provided only to attendees living outside a 20 mile radius of the hotel, or to those individuals who live closer but require special accommodations. In order to qualify for Partners to pay your expenses for a Thursday night stay, you must drive at least 210 miles (one way). Requests to stay Thursday night must be submitted in writing with your registration form and be approved prior to the session. The program will not pay for any Saturday night stays.

We have a limited number of wheelchair accessible rooms. To accommodate our Reunion guests who require these rooms, we will be utilizing the necessary accessible rooms at additional hotels in the immediate area. If you are in need of special accommodations, please let me know as soon as possible, and we will make every effort to fulfill your requests. 

Partners graduates are expected to share sleeping rooms with other graduates. Those who prefer single rooms must pay for that room him- or herself, but may access the Partners discounted rate through the Partners director. Indicate your preferred roommate below, but please check with your choice before requesting him/her as your roommate. Every attempt will be made to honor your roommate request. If no roommate is indicated, assignments will be made by the Partners director.

Personal assistant and respite requests must be submitted in writing and approved prior to the session. (Maximum assistant reimbursement is $10.00 an hour, with an $80.00 daily limit. Maximum respite care reimbursement is $8.00 an hour, with a $40.00 daily limit. Reimbursements for respite or personal assistants will be sent approximately two weeks after the Reunion to the Partner requesting it, based on information submitted with Reunion travel claims.)