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EVENTS
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2013 ANNUAL MEETING & BANQUET
                                WHEN:   Wednesday, October 30, 2013
                                WHERE:  Bavendick State Room
                                             Fourth Floor, National Energy Center of Excellence
                                             Bismarck State College                             
                                TIME:    6:00 p.m. - Dinner & Entertainment by "Performing for Change"
                                            Meeting, elections, and presentation of annual awards to follow.
                                RSVP:    (701) 222-1854 or executive_director@thearcofbismarck.org
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NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED ADVOCACY AND LEADERSHIP TRAINING
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2013-14 SESSION
Partners in Policymaking Classes in Bismarck

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Often described as a life-changing experience for participants, the Partners in Policymaking program is now inviting applications for its leadership training program.  Individuals with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities will be trained at no cost in weekend sessions, starting this fall. Over the course of seven sessions, they will learn how to become strong, knowledgeable, and effective advocates for themselves, their children, and others with disabilities.

This groundbreaking program was developed more than 25 years ago. It is now offered in almost every state and other countries.  Graduates report that they gained a greater understanding of disability law and policies, and increased their self confidence in advocating for their needs.  The outcomes of Partners in Policymaking have been documented with quantitative results of increased citizenship activities and qualitative reports of life changes.  

There is no cost to individuals selected for the Partners program, since it is covered by grant funds.  Overnight hotel accommodations, travel, meals, child care and other needed supports are provided.  All seven sessions will be held at the Comfort Inn in Bismarck.  To make it easier to participate, the two-day meetings are all held on weekends, from November to April.  The first session for the 2013-14 program year is scheduled for the weekend of November 22-23, 2013.  Presenters include local experts and nationally recognized leaders in school inclusion, community organizing, and disability issues.

Please follow the links to see Partners 2013-14 modified session dates  or to download an application.   Click on the Partners in Policymaking link at your left for additional information and to see comments from past participants.  Please e-mail joyce@thearcofbismarck.org or call toll free at 888-258-7949 or 701-258-7949 with any questions or to request materials be mailed to you.




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