Conditions for Participation
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.
If accepted, the participant agrees to the conditions for participation in Partners in Policymaking and understand that it is an initiative of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council (Council). Under this agreement, a comprehensive leadership training program 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.
The Louisiana Partners in Policymaking (PIP) application form is attached. Before answering any questions, please read ALL instructions, questions, AND the eligibility definitions.
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.
Applications may be submitted by e-mail, fax, U.S. Mail, or by direct delivery.
If you have any questions or need assistance or accommodations to complete this PIP application form, please contact the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council as indicated on the last page of this application form.
*Applicants or their child must have a developmental disability according to the definition included in the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, PL106-402.
Definition of Developmental Disabilities
Please review the federal definition of Developmental Disabilities
(A) IN GENERAL- The term `developmental disability’ means a severe, chronic disability of an individual that–
(i) is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments;
(ii) is manifested before the individual attains age 22;
(iii) is likely to continue indefinitely;
(iv) results in substantial functional limitations in 3 or more of the following areas of major life activity:
- Receptive and expressive language.
- Capacity for independent living
- Economic self-sufficiency and
(v) reflects the individual’s need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic services, individualized supports, or other forms of assistance that are of lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated.
(B) INFANTS AND YOUNG CHILDREN-An individual from birth to age 9, inclusive, who has a substantial developmental delay or specific congenital or acquired condition, may be considered to have a developmental disability without meeting 3 or more of the criteria described in clauses (i) through (v) of subparagraph (A) if the individual, without services and supports, has a high probability of meeting those criteria later in life.
Partners in Policymaking Participation Requirements
If accepted into the Partners in Policymaking program, you agree to:
- Participate in ALL six (6) two-day weekend Partners in Policymaking training sessions, including completion of all activities, tasks, classroom assignments and/or homework assignments prior to graduation in June;
- Arrive on time to each Friday session, return from breaks on time and stay at the hotel until the weekend sessions are over as follows:
Friday, Day One – 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm and
Saturday, Day Two – 8:30 am – 3:00 pm;
- NOT invite spouses, other family members, guests, or others to attend the weekend training sessions (beginning Friday afternoon and concluding late Saturday afternoon), with the exception of the graduation ceremonies;
- Complete and submit course evaluation forms prior to leaving each session;
- Show competencies through actions during and between sessions, such as letter writing, phone calls, participation at local/state meetings, presenting testimony, and writing news articles;
- Maintain and submit records of these actions and records of contacts that relate to or result from the participation in Partners in PolicymakingÒ, such as news media, public officials, action alerts, service organizations and/or community programs, phone calls, public presentations/speeches, meetings attended, organizations joined;
- Avoid consuming, or being under the influence of, alcohol or other non-prescribed narcotics immediately preceding and during session hours of 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Fridays and 8:30 am – 3:00 pm on Saturdays (this includes breaks); and
- Submit completed reimbursement form within 7 days of each weekend training session.
Policy on Absences
An excused absence may be granted for emergencies based on the specifics of each circumstance. Qualifying emergencies are those which satisfy both conditions below.
- A circumstance or combination of circumstances that is unforeseen and occurs on or prior to the morning of the Friday of the session that will be missed or that occurs during the weekend making early departure necessary and
- A situation calling for immediate or continued action by the participant with no other natural support available.
Approved absences due to qualifying emergencies will be governed by the following.
- An approved absence or tardiness due to a qualifying emergency will result in makeup work assignments
- Failure to complete makeup work assignments within the time provided will result in dismissal from the program.
Agreement to Comply
- I certify that all of the information provided in this application has been voluntarily disclosed and is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge.
- I give the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council permission to share the answers to the questions on this application with PIP staff, PIP applicant interview panels, and the PIP selection committee.
- If selected, I permit the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council and/or any of its relevant initiatives to use photographs, videos, and/or statements of me and/or my family member(s) in Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council publications and publicity material.
- If selected, I understand that my failure to comply with any of the requirements listed may result in my release from the program.
- If selected, I will make a firm commitment to participate in ALL six two-day weekend sessions in Baton Rouge and complete ALL assignments.
- If selected, I understand that I will automatically become a member of LaCAN.
- If selected, I understand that I will be enrolled to receive LaDDC News articles.
Expectations of the Council
All selected participants can expect the Council, through the PIP program, to provide:
- Face-to-face best practices and state-of-the-art information available from national and state experts in the field of developmental disabilities;
- Reading materials, suggestions and resources to familiarize participants with a wide range of topics related to developmental disabilities and with information specific to identified areas of interest;
- Role play and direct experiences to assist participants in their abilities to influence public policy at the local, state and federal levels;
- Reimbursement of approved travel costs to and from weekend training sessions (mileage is reimbursed at the rate of $0.26/mile);
- Lodging on a double occupancy basis;
- Reimbursement up to $100/ weekend for non-covered respite services, personal assistant services, and facilitator services (this does not apply if you receive services through a waiver or residential setting); and
- All reimbursement within 30 days of receipt
Did you remember to do these things?
- Complete ALL sections of the application? Applications with incomplete sections and/or background information will NOT be considered.
- Please be sure to include the names and contact information on 2 references.
- Submit on or before the deadline of September 30th