Partners in Policy making Application

We are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2019-2020 session of Partners in Policymaking.  Attached you will find the current application.  The deadline to return the application is August 23, 2019. Please share this information with anyone you might know that you feel would be interested in Partners in Policymaking. 


New Mexico Partners in Policymaking is an intensive, grassroots disability leadership and advocacy training. Its curriculum was developed by the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Disability, and has been replicated both nationwide and overseas. Over the last 8 years, more than 150 people from 18 counties in New Mexico have graduated from this program in order to create a more inclusive statewide community.

Local and national speakers deliver presentations and workshops on the following topics: Disability History, Inclusive Education, Inclusive Community, Self-Determination, Supported Employment, Community Organizing, Federal and State Legislation, Conflict Resolution, and Working with the Media.

Acceptance to this program is competitive and self-advocates and family members of individuals who have disabilities are given priority. A small number of professionals in the field are accepted each year. We meet three times for three days each time and connect via conference call in the months in between. If you are passionate about advocacy and inclusion, please consider applying. 
Session Schedule:



October 24, 25, 26


January 9, 10, 11
March 12, 13, 14

Please contact the Partners in Policymaking Team at if you need additional information.  

Looking for Family Trainees for LEND and PPC Leadership Programs

Dear Parents,

My name is Phyllis Shingle and I am the Family Faculty for the NM Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities (LEND) and Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC) Leadership Training programs.  I am working on finding 2-4 parents who would like to participate as Family Trainees in these two training programs for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. 


These programs focus on training the upcoming workforce about leadership, interdisciplinary teaming, public policy, and disability.  We have trainees from a variety of disciplines such as SLP, OT, PT, social work, nutrition, self-advocacy and family leadership.  The professional disciplines are graduate students or professionals in the field.


If you have the ability to come to seminars each Friday for the Fall and Spring semesters and want to network with future professionals, gain new skills, and model interdisciplinary teams that include parents, I would love to talk to you about participating in as a Family Trainee in one of these programs. There are stipends for each semester.


I've attached one document about the LEND program and one about the PPC program.  Please email me at We can set up a time to talk and answer any questions. 


NM LEND website:


PPC website:


Thank you!

Phyllis Shingle, LCSW CIRS

CDD Information Network & UNM CDD Mi Via Manager

NM LEND & PPC Family Faculty

Cell: 505-321-9384

Fax: 505-272-5883

CDD - Partners for Employment Program Information Announced

Partners for Employment is a collaborative approach to increasing employment outcomes for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Our partners include the University of New Mexico, the Department of Health Developmental Disabilities Supports Division and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

The primary goal for Partners for Employment is to build capacity within the state of New Mexico among state agencies personnel, service providers, family members, self-advocates, employers and other supports.


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