Partners in Policymaking

Partners in Policymaking is a leadership program for adults with developmental disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. Partners become familiar with the policymaking and legislative process at the local, state and federal levels. The program teaches skills necessary for individuals to become advocates who can influence the system of services for people with developmental disabilities.

The program begins in September and runs through April. One two-day training session will be held each month, beginning at noon on Friday and ending on Saturday afternoon. Sessions for the Class of 2024 will be held in Charleston, WV and Morgantown, WV. Participants will also have the option of attending virtually through Zoom. Meals and lodging are provided for those who attend in person and stipends for transportation, personal assistance services and respite care are available upon request. 

Topics covered include: History of Services; Inclusiv​e Education; State Legislative Process; Congress/Federal Legislation; Person Centered Planning; Building Inclusive Communities; Self-Determination; Employment; Housing/Supported Living; Developmental Disabilities Bill of Rights Act; Americans with Disabilities Act and other Federal Policy; Community Organizing; Media; Parliamentary Procedure

Want more information?  View the Partners in Policymaking Brochure or read PIP graduate testimonials.   

Partners in Policymaking Brochure ​

Partners in Policymaking Graduate Testimonials​

PIP Application

The​ next PIP course will begin September 2023. If you are interested, please complete an application and submit it to Christy Black at​