Jennifer Carter of Vermillion is a member of the class.
This statewide training for adults with disabilities and/or parents and family members of individuals with disabilities is a national program, now in its 14th year in South Dakota. Since the program's inception in South Dakota, over 290 individuals have completed the empowerment, self-advocacy training.
Partners in Policymaking is a six-month training course, one weekend per month, from November through April. Sessions are held in Pierre and in Sioux Falls.
During the January session of Partners in Policymaking, participants learned about the Legislature and had the opportunity to provide mock testimony before South Dakota senators and representatives, along with Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard. Legislators who participated included District 17 Sen. Ben Nesselhuf of Vermillion, District 20 Sen. Ed Olson of Mitchell, and District 4 Sen. Jim Peterson of Revillo, along with District 24 Rep. Tim Rounds of Pierre.
The class also toured the capitol and met with Gov. Rounds.
had the opportunity to meet and visit with Gov. Rounds, attend both the Senate and House sessions, and also spoke with staffers from Sen. Tim Johnson and Sen. John Thune's offices. �
For an application for year 15 of Partners in Policymaking or more information call Sandy Stocklin Hook at 1-800-658-4782 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.