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Providing information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Council-Sponsored Grant Activities: Partners in Policymaking®

Partners in Policymaking Class 35

Weekend 1 (September 15-16, 2017)

September 15 -16, 2017 was the kick off weekend for Class 35 Partners. The focus for this first session is history – how individuals with disabilities have been treated and perceived over time; and how programs and services have been created, delivered, and evolved in response; and where we are today. This history covers the Parent Movement, Independent Living Movement, and Self Advocacy Movement. Partners graduates shared their stories, personal experiences, and benefits they received from the program. Bonnie Jean Smith, parent trainer and Partners graduate presented an overview of the concept and principles of person centered thinking and person centered planning.

Class 35 September Session
Class 35 September Session

 

Weekend 2 (October 13-14, 2017)

The weekend of October 13-14, 2017 focused on Inclusive Education.  Participants learned about the history of education for students with disabilities, the meaning of "inclusion" and how it promotes quality of life possibilities in school and community, and the concepts of universal design and differentiated instruction in the school environment. They identified creative and practical approaches for modifying or adapting the school curriculum and basic skills that students learn in the classroom. Roundtables with representatives from the Department of Education provided participants with a variety of resources about specific special education topics. That knowledge and skills were then put into practice with skits, complete with character roles and costumes, that applied the principles of civil discourse in navigating difficult meetings and reaching successful outcomes.

Class 35 October Session
Class 35 October Session
Class 35 October Session
Class 35 October Session
Class 35 October Session
Class 35 October Session
Class 35 October Session
Class 35 October Session
Class 35 October Session
Class 35 October Session

 

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