Partners in Policymaking Class of 2006


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

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.


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.