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Apply For Oregon Partners in Policymaking

Apply For Oregon Partners in Policymaking When asked, "What was your favorite aspect of Oregon Partners in Policymaking?" Oregon Partners Graduates replied: “I loved the info, the application of the information, the encouragement, the confidence, giving you the direction for your life in the community, the schools, and the possibilities for your children that you didn't know existed. Bringing out emotion, all emotion for so many things, how to channel it, and how to take care of yourself, which is overlooked so many times. The experience testifying at the capitol. It has elevated my life in so many ways. PIP has helped change my life and put me on a road that I only hoped to be on. “Knowledge really IS power. With it all things, including change, are really possible! The bonds and power to change will last a lifetime. Not only will the lives of people with disabilities become better for it, but our children will see that strength and determination really do make a difference. And that dreams really do come true if you try hard enough ...What better legacy could we pass on?" During each one-weekend session over the course of 8 months, Partners covers a different topic area, and participants build their communication and advocacy skills. The concepts and issues presented include: • The history of disability rights movement and perceptions of people with disabilities • Self-determination and self-advocacy • Whole-life planning: person-centered plans, legal and estate planning • State-supported services: service coordination and service models • Specialized supports: assistive technology, environmental accommodations, behavioral supports, best practices• Special Education: inclusion, transition, federal and state laws • Accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act • State and federal legislative issues: how to get involved, how to influence policy • Community organizing: how to work together to make systems change For more information and an application, go here: The deadline is November 9, 2007