PARTNERS IN POLICYMAKING

Partners Information

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The Arc of Greater Cleveland is facilitating the Partners in Policymaking® leadership training program between the months of January – May 2015. Partners in Policymaking® is an internationally recognized training series that is designed for adults with disabilities and for parents of children with disabilities. Currently, there are over two hundred Partners in Policymaking® graduates in the Northeast Ohio area and we are highly anticipating adding to the Northeast Ohio delegation of Partners in Policymaking® with the class of 2015.

Partners in Policymaking® meets once a month on Friday through Saturday afternoon at Highbrook Lodge. The Highbrook Lodge is located at 12944 Aquila Road, Chardon, Ohio 44024. The Arc provides bus service for participants. The bus arrives at the Holiday Inn on 6001 Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131 at 10:30 on the Friday of each Partners in Policymaking® meeting.

The tentative dates for the Partners and Policy meetings are:

  • January 16-17, 2015
  • February 13-14, 2015
  • March 20-21, 2015
  • April 10-11, 2015
  • May 1-2, 2015 (Graduation ceremony)

Through participation in Partners in Policymaking®, individuals with developmental disabilities and parents of children with disabilities will become leaders. Partners is about creating, working towards, and achieving a vision of shared values about individuals with disabilities. Please call at (216) 622-0755 or email intern@thearcofgreatercleveland.org for more information.

The Arc of Greater Cleveland is sponsoring the Partners in Policymaking® educational program produced by the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities created in 1987.  Partners in Policymaking® is a leadership-training program designed for adults with disabilities and for parents of young children with disabilities. The program teaches leadership skills, and the process of developing positive partnerships with elected officials and other individuals who make the policy decisions about services. The project is:

  • Value based;
  • Competency based;
  • Teaches leadership skills, best practices, and how to influence public policy at all levels of government;
  • Includes at least 128 hours of training;
  • Covers specific topic areas;
  • Utilizes the expertise and experience of presenters with a national perspective and knowledge of best practices in the topic areas;
  • Involves readings, homework, and a public policy project

Partners programs have been implemented and funded in 46 states, as well as the United Kingdom. Graduates that are part of the approximately 13,000 alumnae of a growing national and international network of community leaders attest to the strength of the curriculum. Partners is about systems change—creating, working towards, and achieving a vision of shared values about people with disabilities. It is based on the belief that the most effective and enduring public policy decisions are made by the people who need and use services in partnership with elected officials and other policymakers. It is about becoming confident in oneself, competent in the knowledge and information received, and comfortable in sharing the life experiences and expertise one brings to the program.

Targets for Partners participants include: that they will be trained in leadership, self-advocacy, and self determination, will attain membership on public and private bodies and educate public policymakers about issues that impact services they receive or may be eligible to receive.

Through participation in Partners in Policymaking®, individuals with developmental disabilities and parents of children with disabilities will become leaders.  Partners is about creating, working towards, and achieving a vision of shared values about individuals with disabilities. Please call at (216) 622-0755 or email intern@thearcofgreatercleveland.org for more information.

Application Letter 2015

Partners in Policymaking Application 2015

Partners in Policymaking Full Agenda 2015

Testimonial

Partners in Policymaking helped me become a stronger advocate for my child as well as other individuals with disabilities.  The Partners in Policymaking program replaced “fears” with hope, knowledge and the confidence to be a more effective advocate, understand and work with the schools and communities in a positive and productive way.  This program will give you the insight and skills to effect positive change in your family, community, state, even the country.   For me, it was a life changing experience.   - Gina Mitchner, Class of ‘06


Class of 2006

Members of the Partners in Policymaking class of 2006 achieved great results. One member became part of a national advisory board and another, as a result of her independent project, had her idea to reduce physical barriers to building access for people with disabilities accepted by local administrators of a community college.

Class of 2006 Graduates: Courtney Brown-Cheatham, Euclid, Marietta Dobbins, Cleveland, Michael Drops, Lakewood,   Paulette Kadis Gaia, Chesterland,   Amy Hook, Fairview Park, Cindi Klimovich, Mentor, Gina Mitchner, Brecksville, Jessica Norwood, Bedford, Randy Pennington, Warrensville Heights, Geraldine Rieves, Twinsburg, Mike Rich, Mayfield Heights, Theresa Thompson, Warrensville Heights.

Mission Statement

Class of 2006

We are people first who are parents, advocates, friends, professionals, teachers, and students.  Through teamwork we are a voice and a messenger united to make a better future for people with disabilities by changing history, improving and changing systems, and promoting rights and freedoms for individuals with disabilities.  We value life, family, independence, choice, respect, education and dignity

 

Mission Statement Class of 2007
The Class of 2007 is a diverse, dedicated and passionate group of empowered advocates that help, mentor and educate others for positive change to enhance the quality of life for humanity.

Partners in Policymaking class of 2007 graduates

Class of 2007 Graduates

Audrey Champa, Mayfield Heights
Renee Chappell, Cleveland
Vickie Fetsko, Medina
Angela Mathews, Bedford Heights
Ivy Rogers, Shaker Heights
Theresa Rose, Chagrin Falls
Katherine Schubert, North Canton
Shane Scott, Avon Lake

 

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Click here for the Partners in Policymaking class of 2008 summary.