Leaders in Policy Advocacy

2014 Region 1 LIPA graduation class


Interested in taking your leadership and advocacy skills to a higher level?

The Arc Michigan is pleased to offer an intensive leadership training program for adults with developmental disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. Leaders in Policy Advocacy, a grant project funded by the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council and administered by the Arc Michigan, will support participants to become leaders in the movement for people with disabilities to claim full, productive lives in their communities. Participants will learn about disability history, inclusive education,  assistive technology,  self-determination, person-centered planning, social media, systems change,  access to employment, housing and recreation and more!

Leaders in Policy Advocacy training requires a commitment to attend a total of six overnight sessions, once per month for six months. Weekend training sessions run from 12:30 pm on Fridays to 3:00 pm on Saturdays. There is no charge for the program.

If you would like to apply to participate, see the link below or just want more information, please contact Salli Christenson at the Arc Michigan. She can be reached at 800 292-7851, ext. 130 or salli.c@arcmi.org




Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids 4747 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

When: (Must commit to attending all 6 weekends.)

o October 14 and 15, 2016

o November 4 and 5, 2016

o December 9 and 10, 2016

o January 13 and 14, 2017

o February 3 and 4, 2017 (Lansing)

o March 4 and 5, 2017

Eligible applicants are adults with developmental disabilities and parents of minor (under age 18) children with DD.


More information and application forms are available at: