Partners in Policymaking deadline draws near

Partners in Policymaking is a leadership-training program for self-advocates and parents of children with disabilities. It provides state-of-the-art knowledge about disability issues and builds the competencies necessary to become advocates who can effectively influence system change.

South Dakota Advocacy Services is currently seeking applications from interested people who have disabilities or who are parents of children with disabilities to participate in Partners in Policymaking. Applications for Year Twenty Two can be obtained by contacting Sandy Stocklin Hook, SDAS, 221 S. Central Ave., Pierre, SD  57501, or by calling 1-800-658-4782. Applications are also available on the SDAS Website at or by email to

This program is designed to provide information, training, and skill building so those who participate may obtain the most appropriate state-of-the-art services for themselves and others. Application deadline is September 20, 2013.

Partners in Policymaking has over 504 graduates in South Dakota and over 18,000 nationwide. There is no cost associated to the participant for attending the training sessions. Mileage and meals to and from the training site, as well as expenses while at the training (lodging and meals), respite care and attendant services (when applicable) will be partially covered.

The training initiative is funded in part by grants from the SD Council on Developmental Disabilities, Center for Disabilities at Sanford School of Medicine of USD and SD Parent Connection. It is facilitated by SD Advocacy Services.

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