Partners in Policymaking is an initiative of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities 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
Session 2: February
Session 3: March
Session 4: April
Session 5: May
Session 6: June
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. Double occupancy rooms (you will be roomed with another class member) and meals will be provided. Sessions are held at Embassy Suites, 4914 Constitution 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.
Applications may be submitted through the online application or by e-mail, fax, or U.S. Mail.
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.
Did you remember to do these things?
- Complete ALL sections of the application?
- Submit on or before the deadline of September 30th