Competence and Confidence: Partners in Policymaking—C2P2 2024

Learn to work with policymakers to make a difference in the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or autism.

Become a leader in your community.

Diverse group of people together in a conference room

Educate. Empower. Lead.

C2P2 is a free program for:

  • Family members of a school-age child in Pennsylvania with an intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or autism;
  • Adults in Pennsylvania with an intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or autism.

Only a limited number of applications will be accepted.

The C2P2 2024 application period has ended.
The application period for C2P2 2025 will open in the fall of 2024.

Session Days and Locations

In-Person Trainings

  • Fridays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • All in-person trainings will be held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Virtual Trainings

  • Fridays from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


2024 Sessions

  1. In-Person
    January 19-20, 2024
  2. Virtual
    February 23, 24, and 28, 2024
  3. Virtual
    March 15, 16, and 27, 2024
  4. In-Person
    April 12-13, 2024
  5. In-Person Legislative Visits (dates are subject to change)
    May 3-4, 2024
  6. Virtual
    June 14, 15, and 26, 2024
  7. In-Person
    July 19-20, 2024
  8. In-Person Graduation
    September 13-14, 2024


Participants Will Learn

  • About local, state and national issues affecting people with disabilities;
  • To foster a partnership between people who need supports and services and those who make policy and law;
  • To advocate for themselves and others;
  • To teach policymakers a new way of thinking about people with disabilities.



  • History of the Self-Advocacy and Independent Living Movement
  • History of the Family Movement
  • Visioning for a Preferred Future
  • Best Practices in:
    • Early Intervention
    • Inclusive Education
    • Transition
    • Employment
    • Community Inclusion
  • Federal, State and Local Laws and Regulations
  • How to effectively educate Legislators
  • How to run a meeting
  • How to serve on a Board of Directors
  • Effective Communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Assistive Technology
  • Waivers
  • Community of Practice in Supporting Families and in Employment
  • Community Engagement
  • Community Organizing and Resource Development



  • Applicants MUST commit to attending both sessions, all eight weekends.
  • Attendees must review all materials before and after each session.
  • Homework will be assigned and must be completed.


Funded by Pennsylvania's Office of Developmental Programs.

For more information, please contact