Accepting Applications Texas Partners in Policymaking is an innovative and intensive advanced leadership development training program. Applicants selected for the 35-member class will receive 168 hours of training during eight weekends and will learn state of the art practices from national and state experts in the disability field to enable them to become partners with policy-makers at the local, state, and federal levels. The goal? To ensure the full participation and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all areas of life. The eight training sessions scheduled from August 2017 to April 2018 will focus on disability history, employment, inclusive education, advocacy, disability policy, systems change, and more. This leadership training program is funded by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (www.tcdd.texas.gov ). Every state has a federally-funded, self-governing Council that is committed to advancing public policy and systems change that encourages people with disabilities and their families to gain more control over their lives. The Texas Partners program will be managed by the Texas Partners in Policymaking Coordination Team (www.texaspartners.net). Texas Partners in Policymaking is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 workshop sessions (February the 6th 2017 through May the 1st 2017). To apply go to www.texaspartners.net and fill out an online application or download the PDF version fill out and you can send two ways: 1.) Scan and e-mail to downloaded PDF version to firstname.lastname@example.org 2.) Send by mail to Attention: Karen MacKinnon 960 Elm Valley Drive, Bulverde, Texas 78163 If you have any questions about the Program, please e-mail Texas Partners at email@example.com or call us at 210-557-7878. Texas Partners in Policymaking will be keeping follower updated on the Facebook page @TxPartnersNet please visit and like and share to help spread the news.