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Partners in Disability Leadership is an advanced leadership development training program from The Arc of Texas created for professionals who are interested in being stewards of the disability rights movement and leaders within their agency or organization.

The Mission

Partners in Disability Leadership equips graduates with the connections, information, and skills—effectively promoting self-determination, person-centered planning, and the involvement of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families—to impact positive change in the services and support systems used by Texans with IDD and their families.

The Program

Participants of Partners in Disability Leadership complete innovative projects and take part in hands-on work that will improve their ability to collaborate with individuals with IDD and their family members. Partners in Disability Leadership facilitates ongoing connections with graduates and future participants to promote continued career growth.

2020 Partners in Disability Leadership is composed of six sessions held in Austin between April to August. Sessions are all day Thursday through Friday afternoon. Expert presenters will cover topics including

  • Disability history
  • Person-centered practices and inclusive meetings strategies
  • IDD public policy
  • Leadership values and principles.

Who Should Apply?

Partners in Disability Leadership is for a variety of participants, including staff from

  • State agencies, such as Texas Health and Human Services, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Texas Education Agency
  • Local IDD authorities
  • Legislative bodies, such as the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate
  • Managed Care Organizations.

How Much Does it Cost?

Partners in Disability Leadership is $895 and includes all materials and meals. Participants are responsible for their travel and hotel costs.

What Happens After I Apply?

Participants are selected through a screening process administered by The Arc of Texas. Applicants selected for the 2020 class will be notified with an acceptance letter within two weeks after the application deadline.


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Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities logoFinancial support for Partners in Disability Leadership is provided by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, with Federal funds* made available by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Disabilities.
*$150,000 (69.1%) DD funds; $66,936 (30.9%) non-federal resources.

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