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Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities
Partners in Policymaking® is a leadership training program designed for parents of school age children with developmental disabilities and adults with disabilities. The Partners program was created by the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities more than 30 years ago, and has since been offered nationally and internationally.
In every state and territory, programs authorized by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act) empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to help shape policies that impact them. DD Act programs conduct important research and test innovative new service delivery models. They work to bring the latest knowledge and resources to those who can put it to the best use, including self-advocates, families, service providers, and policymakers. DD Act programs also investigate cases of abuse and serve as advocates for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities is collecting stories representing the experience of individuals living with a developmental disability in Illinois. These stories will be instrumental in the efforts of ICDD to advocate for Illinoisans living with disabilities. Stories will be shared with legislators (policy makers), agencies, and more. Your voice will be heard!