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Oregon Partners in Policymaking

Oregon Partners in Policymaking (PIP) is an exciting and innovative leadership training program for adults with developmental disabilities and parents of children with developmental disabilities.  PIP provides participants with the knowledge and skills they need to influence the issues, agencies, and people affecting their lives.

Oregon Partners in Policymaking makes participants better advocates for themselves, their family members, and the greater disability community.  Participants learn about communicating and advocating effectively, services and supports, best practices and approaches, and current policy issues.  They learn how to participate in the policymaking process at all levels, so that they can be equal partners in the decisions that impact their lives.

History of the Program

Partners in Policymaking was originally created in Minnesota by the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities in 1987.  Since then, Partners programs have been implemented in 46 states, the Northern Mariana Islands, Netherlands, Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom.  More than 27,000 Partners graduates are part of a growing international network of community leaders serving on policymaking committees, commissions, and boards at all levels of government.

Partners in Policymaking in Oregon has graduated 9 classes of participants since 1994, the first year the program was offered in our state.  The Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities has maintained a strong commitment to Partners over the past 17 years, providing the funding and support for the program.  As of 2013, over 225 self-advocates and family members have graduated from the Oregon course, now offered on a biannual basis (every two years).

For more information about the national model, click here to view the Minnesota Partners in Policymaking website.