Partners in Policymaking

Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
DDNN Summer 2013

Over the last three years, the Arizona DD Planning Council has been involved with Pilot Parents of Southern Arizona in sharing sponsorship of Partners in Policy Making (PIP).  PIP has been around since 1987 after the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities created the program to assist persons with disabilities and their families in obtaining the best possible community support services.  The program has grown in its dimensions to provide additional education and now seeks to prepare persons with disabilities and their families to take the first step into self-advocacy allowing graduates of the program to become systems-change advocates and leaders of social change.

The core principles of PIP have been implemented by Pilot Parents of Southern Arizona since its inception as an international model, and each year Pilot Parents registers new participants to become involved in the 6-month, free, educational program.  Graduates of the Arizona PIP program speak highly of their expanded expertise, having gained a sense of empowerment and access to tools that make them effective advocates.   Here are a few comments made by 2013 graduates:

  • “Being a Partner has been a phenomenal experience. Partners in Policymaking has strengthened my advocacy skills primarily through the building of relationships. Through Partners, I have personally met and talked with professionals, advocates, parents, community leaders, board members, and congressmen whom I otherwise would not have met. I have not only names, but real people (faces and memories) to rely on, as I develop and focus on my advocacy goals.” – Jill, Buckey
  • “Partners has strengthened my advocacy skills by increasing my knowledge of various disabilities, and has given me the resources to find whatever information I need regarding advocating.”
    Lori, Glendale
  • “I have been overwhelmed (in a good way) by all the incredible information provided by Partners in Policymaking. I feel more knowledgeable regarding strategies to help make change happen within my community and state.” – Lori, Chandler
  • “Partners in Policymaking has given me more confidence in myself, and allowed me to be more engaged in my community as a parent of a child with special needs. I have become a source of information and resource on disability issues in my community.”  – Joy, Prescott

Graduates of 2013 “Partners In Policymaking” Program

Pilot Parents is currently accepting applications for the 2013-14 program year.  For more information, contact them at 1-877-365-7220 or go on-line to complete the application at  

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