Partners in Leadership

Partners in Leadership (previously known as Partners in Policymaking) is an innovative leadership training program that teaches people to be community leaders, and to affect systems and policy change at the local, state, and national levels.

The program is designed for individuals who have a disability and for parents raising children with a disability.

Partners provides the most current information and education about disability policy, the legislative process, and local, state and national issues that affect individuals with disabilities.

Partners participants are people who are ready to work for long-term systems change and for change in public policy.  The overall goal of the program is to foster a partnership between people who need and use services for disabilities, and those who determine public policy.

Partners graduates gain the abilities to teach policymakers a new way of thinking about people with disabilities.

Partners in Leadership Flyer– Please contact us for more information

Who should apply for AZ Partners in Leadership?

A limited number of participants will be selected through an application process to participate in the program.  We are seeking highly motivated and committed men and women who represent different ethnic backgrounds, various disabilities, and various geographic regions of the state.

Preference is given to, but not limited to:

  • Young adults who have a developmental disability or special health care need (definitions can be found in the application packet)
  • Parents or guardians of individuals with disabilities or special health care needs

2023 Partners Application

2023 Partners Application Spanish


Pilot Parents is accepting AZ Partners in Leadership nominations for this year’s program.  We are seeking participants who are highly motivated to become well informed about, and active in, policy making and systems change for individuals with disabilities in Arizona.  To nominate someone now, download the form below.

Nomination Form

This project is supported in part by the Title V Block Grant (B04MC21387) provided by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA, to the Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Women’s and Children’s Health, Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs and through a contract with the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s Division of Developmental Disabilities.

“Under Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI and VII) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Pilot Parents prohibits discrimination in admissions, programs, services, activities or employment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, and disability. Pilot Parents must make a reasonable accommodation to allow a person with a disability to take part in a program, service, or activity. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. For example, this means that if necessary, Pilot Parents must provide sign language interpreters for people who are deaf, a wheelchair accessible location, or enlarged print materials. It also means that Pilot Parents will take any other reasonable action that allows you to take part in and understand a program or activity, including making reasonable changes to an activity. If you believe that you will not be able to understand d or take part in a program or activity because of your disability, please let us know of your disability needs in advance if at all possible. To request this document in alternative format or for further information about this policy please contact: PPSA at (520) 324-3150. Para obtener este document en otro format u obtener informationcion adicional sobre esta plitica, PPSA at (520) 324-3150.”