I loved participating again this year in the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s annual advocacy training program for persons with disabilities and their family members called Partners in Policymaking.
Participants meet one weekend a month between September and May to learn how to work with policymakers to create the most effective service and support systems for persons with disabilities and their families.
The January session features a mock legislative hearing as part of this training. I’m told past participants in the class (about 235 people) considered this session to be the single most important because they learned how to research issues, think on their feet, and work with their elected officials.
The panel of legislators serves as a mock committee listening to the presentations, asking follow-up questions, and scores the presentations. I was very impressed by the participants and their presentations. I look forward to participating again next year.