Partners in Making Your Case is a self-study course designed to help people advocate for positive changes in public policies that impact people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Module 1 How Public Policy Is Made
Unit 1 Module 1: How Public Policy Is Made
Unit 2 When Emotions Turns to Advocacy
Unit 3 Why is Advocacy Important?
Unit 4 The Disability Rights Movement
Unit 5 What We’ve Accomplished
Unit 6 The Parent Movement
Unit 7 The Independent Living Movement
Unit 8 Mr. Roberts
Unit 9 Section 504 Occupation
Unit 10 Self-Advocacy Movement
Unit 11 Building Ongoing Relationships
Unit 12 Qualities of a Successful Advocate
Unit 13 What is Public Policy?
Unit 14 Branches of Government
Unit 15 Federal Policymakers
Unit 16 How Federal Law is Made
Unit 17 State Policymaking
Unit 18 Local Policymaking
Unit 19 Exercise: Match the Issue With the Right Level of Government
Unit 20 Changemakers: Congressional Allies
Unit 21 Pulling It All Together
Unit 22 Quiz #1
Module 2 Building Your Case
Unit 1 Building Your Case
Unit 2 Tools You Can Use
Unit 3 The Advocacy Process
Unit 4 Narrow Your Focus
Unit 5 What’s Your Issue?
Unit 6 The Power of Personal Stories
Unit 7 Choosing a Specific Situation
Unit 8 Get the Facts
Unit 9 Strength in Numbers
Unit 10 Who Can Help Make It Happen?
Unit 11 Pulling It All Together
Unit 12 Exam #2
Unit 13 Exam #2: Answer Key
Module 3 Making Your Case In Writing
Unit 1 Making Your Case In Writing
Unit 2 Why Communicate with Policymakers?
Unit 3 Choose Your Communications Approach
Unit 4 Common Communications Tactics
Unit 5 Why Put It In Writing?
Unit 6 Writing Effective E-Mails
Unit 7 Following Up
Unit 8 What is Social Media?
Unit 9 Social Networking Sites
Unit 10 Blogs and Microblogs
Unit 11 YouTube and Video Sharing Sites
Unit 12 Putting It All Together
Unit 13 Exam #3
Unit 14 Exam #3: Answer Key
Module 4 Making Your Case In Person
Unit 1 Making Your Case In Person
Unit 2 Communicating In Person
Unit 3 Meeting Formats
Unit 4 Meeting With Public Officials: Step 1 - Getting the Appointment
Unit 5 Step 2: Do Your Homework
Unit 6 Step 4: Put It In Writing
Unit 7 Step 5: Making the Meeting Count
Unit 8 Step 6: Following Up on the Meeting
Unit 9 Benefits of Giving Testimony
Unit 10 What Makes Testimony Effective?
Unit 11 Exercise: Watch and Learn
Unit 12 Assignment: How Will I Communicate In Person?
Unit 13 SWOT Analysis
Unit 14 Identifying Personal Strengths and Weaknesses
Unit 15 Identifying External Opportunities and Threats
Unit 16 Assignment: My SWOT Analysis
Unit 17 Creating a Detailed Plan
Unit 18 Assignment: Create Your Action Plan
Unit 19 Creating a Timeline
Unit 20 Pulling It All Together
Unit 21 Exam #4
Unit 22 Exam #4: Answer Key
Module 5 Keeping It Going
Unit 1 Keeping It Going
Unit 2 Why Organize?
Unit 3 Start With a Plan
Unit 4 Building the Foundation
Unit 5 Using Organizing Tactics
Unit 6 Common Organizing Tactics
Unit 7 Tactic #1: Coalitions
Unit 8 Tactic #2: Media
Unit 9 Tactic #3: Websites and Social Media
Unit 10 Tactic #4: Rallies and Demonstrations
Unit 11 Tactic #5: Petitions
Unit 12 Tactic #6: Communications
Unit 13 Tactic #7: Public Hearings
Unit 14 Tactic #8: Political Involvement
Unit 15 Get Out and Vote!
Unit 16 Pulling It All Together
Unit 17 Exam #5
Unit 18 Exam #5: Answer Key
Unit 19 Conclusion