Writing to Legislators

January 28, 2012 at 9:09 am Leave a comment

The advocacy season is upon us and we realize that writing a letter to let your needs be known takes time and for some it can be intimidating; so here are five points to your letter, you can call us and we’ll be glad to discuss this.

  1. Start  with an “INTRO” – Talk about yourself as a caregiver, family member of a person with a disability, person with a disability, and/or advocate and let the person know who you are.
  2. TELL A STORY – Why are you writing (and be specific): to stop cuts, to ask hem to pass a certain bill, to add more services, etc. Try to find the exact language, exact bill or proposed action and use it in your letter.
  3. IMPACT – Remind them of the impact their decision/proposed cut or other behavior will mean for your life or the life of someone you care about.
  4. THANK YOU – Close with a thank you for taking the time to read your letter and for their service.
  5. SIGNATURE – Don’t forget your name and address!

Remember, always try to stay under one page. Lot’s of people may be writing and the readers time is limited. While there may be a lot of people concerned about the issues, NO ONE can tell your story better than you. Always send your letter through at least two of the following means: fax, e-mail, phone call, snail mail. Many offices have a public comment line so create a shorter version of your letter, simply read it over the phone to be recorded on the comment line.

Now that you are fully equipped to advocate, please get out there and let them hear your voice, it really does make a difference!

Article from the ECNV Declaration (Winter 2012 Edition)


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