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Junior Partners in Policymaking for Young Adults Aged 15 - 22


Junior Partners in Policymaking (JPIP) is sponsored by the Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council, Delaware Department of Education, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Delaware General Assembly. Training is provided by the Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware.

Junior Partners in Policymaking is held every other year for young adults aged 15 to 22. The 2013 program will be held at the University of Delaware June 16 through June 21. Applications are no longer being accepted.

JPIP participants will learn about:

  • The importance of self-determination
  • Ways to self-advocate for the issues most important to them
  • Their rights in and out of school
  • Laws that affect how people are treated, especially individuals with disabilities
  • How to make an impact on public policy (laws)
  • How to plan the future they want

In the evenings, participants have the opportunity to get together with other participants and enjoy a variety of entertainment together.  JPIP participants stay in dorms, eat in the dining halls and attend classes at the University of Delaware.

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