I believe that if people with disabilities and their families want to achieve true equity, we have to stand up and make ourselves heard.
I was happy to see that the NPR series “Take a Number” featured my beloved Partners in Policymaking program. Joe Shaprio writes;
“At a graduation ceremony in a hotel ballroom outside Minneapolis, 28 men and women got their certificates — for learning how to raise a bit of hell”
All hell raising aside, one thing that I leaned through Partners, was the power of a story. Science has shown that storytelling actually connects our brains. Stories are powerful, and from the article;
“One story can make a difference,” … “And we teach people, you owe it to the world to tell your story. You have a story. You tell it. It could change public policy.”
Read or listen to the rest of this great article here:
And visit the Minnesota Developmental Disabilities Council list to learn more about Partners and see if this life-changing program is offered in your area.
And most importantly, know your value and own the power that is held in your story.