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August 26, 1998
I am a parent of a person with a disability and have worked with people with developmental disabilities for the past seven years.
In October 1997, I went to my first of eight monthly training sessions of Partners in Policymaking. What I thought was going to be a nice little weekend-workshop, with all expenses paid, turned out to be one of the most valuable experiences of my life.
Partners in Policymaking helped me fond my voice and showed me how to use that a voice for the good of the people I care about most. Training sessions focused on educating me so that I can advocate effectively, not only for my child, but for the inclusion and equality of all.
This experience has changed me from the inside out. The knowledge I gained and the strong bonds of friendships I formed in Partners is invaluable to me. It is truly a life-changing experience.
I thoroughly support Partners in Policymaking. I believe, too, that as more and more parents and self advocates have the privilege of attending these training sessions, they will also become empowered so that changes can be made to enhance the lives of people at all levels of abilities. Then not only our communities, but society as a whole, will reap the benefits.
Ardeen Belile Brenneise
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