Texas Partners in Policymaking

Project Overview

NAICS: 611430 – Professional and Development and Management Training

Program Overview:

Texas Partners in Policymaking’s mission is to create change so that all people with disabilities are fully included in their communities and exercise control over their own lives. The purpose of the program is two-fold: to teach best practices and the competencies needed to influence public policy.

The goal is to ensure the full participation and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all areas of life. Partners in Policymaking™ programs have been offered in many states, as well as internationally, since 1987, resulting in more than 27,000 graduates who are creating positive change in their communities.


  • Johnson Applied Solutions has successfully conducted outreach across all 254 counties in the State of Texas reaching out to market the Texas Partners Program to over 5,000 Texans with disabilities in the past two years.
  • The Johnson Applied Solutions Texas Partners Coordination Team has awarded over 85 fully-funded scholarships worth $300,000.00 to self-advocates and parents with children with disabilities over the past two years of service.
  • Johnson Applied Solutions manages a budget of $1,500,000 in contract value providing program management and oversight to the Texas Partners in Policymaking Program.
  • Johnson Applied Solutions Project Coordinator Jan Brown is the keynote speaker at the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) 2018 National Conference See Me for Me: Connecting with our Communities at the Gaylord National Harbor.
  • Johnson Applied Solutions developed the Texas Partners in Policymaking Legislative Champion Program recruiting two Texas State Senators, four Texas House Representatives and two Federal Representatives from the State that are designated as Champions for disabilities system change at the State and Federal level. Texas Governor Greg Abbott personally congratulated the Johnson Applied Solutions team for bringing the program back to Texas after an 11-year absence. Senator Judith Zaffirini was the 2017-2018 Keynote speaker at the Texas State Capitol on 14 April 2018.
  • Johnson Applied Solutions program developers have designed and implemented 126 hours of developmental disabilities curriculum that spans 8 weekends of graduate level advanced professional development training.
  • Johnson Applied Solutions has developed a network of over 100 State and National Keynote Speakers. The Johnson Applied Solutions Keynote Speaker Program delivers disability subject matter experience and expertise to the program. Johnson Applied Solutions has integrated the National Speakers into the program curriculum through disability best practices providing relevant and current instruction.
  • Johnson Applied Solutions has implemented a formal Texas Partners Alumni Program which consist of current and past Texas Partner Graduates. Johnson Applied Solutions’ research of past Texas Partner Programs has produced a list of over 600 Texas Partners legacy alumni. Johnson Applied Solutions, through diligent outreach using social media tools, has connected past alumni with the current alumni. Johnson Applied Solutions is sponsoring the first legacy and current alumni reunion in Houston, Texas.
  • Using the alumni program as a baseline, Johnson Applied Solutions has created the Texas Partners Mentorship Program. Alumni Mentors are integrated into the current class with a mission to mentor students on their projects through the 8 months of training.
  • The Johnson Applied Solutions team, working with the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD), created the Texas Partners 5-year strategic plan. The first phase of the plan is already in implementation with the development of the first ever satellite campus located in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) in McAllen, Texas. Johnson Applied Solutions is leveraging technology, culture, and language to deliver the same quality program in Austin to the most underserved and fastest growing population in Texas. Johnson Applied Solutions deployed a program-specific train-the-trainer curriculum and instructional team to McAllen to prepare RGV facilitators for the August 2018 start date. To implement the RGV Campus, Johnson Applied Solutions hired two additional employees to manage the Regional Campus. Additionally, Johnson Applied Solutions has partnered with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley leveraging local capacity and capability to leverage budgetary constraints.
  • Johnson Applied Solutions was awarded a year three contract extension for the execution of the Texas Partners in Policymaking Program. Texas Partners Plan will deliver the first ever satellite campus for the 2018-2019 in the in McAllen Texas. Classes in Austin and McAllen will begin on August 10th and 11th 2018 and will run through April 2019.
  • Johnson Applied Solutions has developed over 90 partnerships with local and state disability non-profits, organizations, school districts, agencies, and commercial business to assist in sharing information and networks pooling resources toward a common goal of disability systems change. The Johnson Applied Solutions partnerships have assisted in marketing and recruiting over 400 candidates in the past two years.
  • Johnson Applied Solutions was awarded an A Plus rating for the Texas Partners in Policymaking Program on September 2017.