Classes will be held at the Great Basin College in Elko Nevada from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Every other Month.

  • February 27 & 28: History of Developmental Disabilities & People First Language, Inclusive Education, IDEA, IEPs, Transition, Lifelong Learning
  • April 30 & May 1: Supported and Competitive Employment, Supported Living/Home of Your Own, Inclusion and Community. Service Coordination + State Legislation
  • June 11 & 12: Guardianship, Postive Behavior Supports, Parliamentary Procedure, Tools for Planning Your Future
  • August 27 & 28: Working with the Media, Making Your Case, Grassroots Advocacy, Assistive Technology (AT), Federal Legislation and Policy, Service on Boards, Graduation.

Nevada Partners in Policymaking

The Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities is seeking applications from motivated, interested individuals throughout Eastern Nevada, who have developmental disabilities, or are parents of children with developmental disabilities, to become candidates for Nevada Partners in Policymaking, Class of 2016.


  • Commit to attend 4 Saturday & Sunday sessions February 27+28, June 11+12, April 30+May1, August 27 and 28.
  • All Classes will be from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM
  • Complete homework assignments between sessions.
  • Complete e-learning course. (technical assistance will be provided if needed).
  • Commit to a project to be completed after graduation.


  • Valuable working knowledge on disability issues and information on resources available in their community.
  • Advocacy skills.
  • A monthly stipend to help with logistical costs associated with attending class sessions.
  • New relationships with people who have the same interests as you.
  • Participants will stay over Saturday night in hotel room provided by NCED

Partners in Policymaking is an innovative national model of leadership training for people with developmental disabilities, parents and family members. Begun over twenty years ago by the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, this program has continued to have a major impact on important issues in the field of developmental disabilities. The program is designed to provide state-of-the-art knowledge about issues and policies related to disability, and to develop participant competencies to become more effective in influencing policy development at all levels. The overall intent is to achieve a productive partnership between people with developmental disabilities, parents, and family members, and those in position to make policy.

Participants complete a series of training sessions, primarily through web-based instruction, during the course of the year. Partners are expected to complete assignments between sessions and to commit to one major project during their training year, to be completed in the following year. These projects may include activities such as serving an internship, serving on a board, organizing a letter writing campaign, or organizing special receptions or town meetings for public officials. Upon graduation, members join the Partners Graduates group and become eligible for follow up activities and advanced training.

For assistance with application or any other questions please contact Travis Mills at (775) 682-9060 or Diana Rovetti at (775) 682-9063