‘Partners in Policymaking’ applications now open, provides more resources for those impacted by developmental disabilities

DOVER, Del.- Applications are now open for a training program providing more resources to Delaware families impacted by developmental disabilities.

The Partners in Policymaking program is for individuals 22-years-old and older with a disability and their family members.

If there’s availability, spots will be open for students interested in working in the field in roles like teachers or even speech pathologists.

One weekend over the course of eight months, participants will learn everything from employment support, the history of the disability movement, and how be an effective advocate.

47ABC spoke with Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council’s Community Relations Officer Emmanuel Jenkins, who’s a 2014 graduate of the program on his success story. “That program actually led to my career, my career with the state, and my career with the advocacy world,” Jenkins said.

“You may end up working in legislation, you may start a business, or write a book. You may do all these different things given your own desires.”

Funding from the Delaware Department of Education, Delaware General Assembly, and other community partners makes the program free of charge for participants. Those costs include the program, hotel accommodations, and meals.

The program is scheduled to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn on 1706 DuPont Highway in Dover.

Applications are available now, click here

That deadline to apply is January 4th.

The 2023 class is set to start in February.

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