Partners in Policymaking is an initiative of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council (Council). Partners is a comprehensive leadership training program that will enable participants to maximize their abilities to advocate for appropriate supports and services designed to increase the self-determination, independence, productivity, and full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life in Louisiana.
Partners in Policymaking participants and graduates are people with developmental disabilities* or parents of young children with developmental disabilities with a desire to improve and expand the system of supports that enable persons with developmental disabilities to be fully included in their communities. Program participants attend and participate in six two-day advocacy training and skill building workshops. These sessions run between January and June. Completion of this application and selection for the Partners in Policymaking program requires a substantial commitment of time, motivation, and energy.
Session 1: January 12-14, 2023
Session 2: February 10-11, 2023
Session 3: March 3-4, 2023
Session 4: March 31-April 1, 2023
Session 5: May 5-6, 2023
Session 6: June 2-3, 2023
Weekend sessions begin with check-in at 12:00 p.m. on the first day and end at 3:00 p.m. on the second day. Lodging, meals and trainings will be provided at NO COST to the participants. Sessions are held at Baton Rouge Marriott, 5500 Hilton Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
Applicants must complete ALL sections of the PIP application and submit it to the Council office no later than September 30th to be considered for next year’s class.
There are two options for submitting the application: 1) print and mail it, or 2) fill it out and submit it electronically.
Option 1: Download, Print and Mail
Download the Word version of the electronic form here, fill it out, print it and mail to the address below:
Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council
Attn: Partners in Policymaking
P.O. Box 14148
Baton Rouge, LA 70898
Option 2: Electronic Submission
Fill out the form below and submit your information electronically.