Advocacy Days, part of The Arc’s Advocacy Partnership Project, are held during each legislative session to involve self-advocates and families in the legislative process, giving them opportunities to make their voices heard by their legislators and to have an impact on policy and budget legislation that affects the services and supports available to them.
Each Advocacy Day begins with an hour briefing at 10:00 in the morning. The briefing includes:
- Special speakers
- Information on current issues
- Tips for success
- Participant options to advocate during the day:
- Meeting with legislators
- Attending hearings
- Writing and delivering messages to legislators
- Participate in a rally on the steps (some weeks)
While we feature a highlighted topic each week, the morning briefing will also cover late breaking news on budget items and bills of interest relating to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD).
(Limited travel reimbursements are available for on a one-time, first come, first-served basis.
2020 Advocacy Days
2:00 – Briefing on Developmental Disability Issues
5:00 – 39th Annual Statewide Legislative Reception
Click on a date above to learn more details!
Every year, statewide advocates identify public policy issues that affect individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. From these concerns, information and data is collected and compiled into user-friendly charts and documents that advocates can share with their elected representatives in the Legislature. Using that information, the Advocacy Partnership Project creates a Legislative Notebook for Developmental Disability Advocates each year before the legislative session begins. The Legislative Notebook is posted online each December. Click to access the current notebook. (The zip file opens with the notebook divided into sections. The files are in pdf format so you will need Adobe Reader to open and print them).
Educate Your Legislators!
Use The Arc’s DD 101 to help your legislators understand what services and supports are used by people with I/DD, which agencies provide the services and how they are paid for. The data is provided by the Developmental Disabilities Administration.
YOUR FEEDBACK after attending each Advocacy Day is very important to us!
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I missed Advocacy Day but want to see what
information was delivered to Legislators!
How can I still make my voice heard???
Click the date and download the pages,
then email them to your legislators
with a message from you, their constituent!
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2020 Advocacy Days:
February 12, 2020: Families in Crisis
February 19, 2020: Caseload Forecasting
February 26, 2020: Budget Overview
March 4, 2020: Workforce Shortage
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