In the next two weeks, you have a chance to make a difference for the disability community. Your Members of Congress are back in their home states and districts until next Friday, April 21st. This is a crucial time to remind them that the disability community is still watching. We’ve preserved our access to health care and Medicaid services – for now. But some Members of Congress are still trying to take them away. Your elected officials need to hear that you want them to fight back.
Your two Senators and one U.S. Representative have local offices, and you can make an appointment at the one nearest you. Many Members of Congress will also be holding town hall meetings, which is another chance to make your voice heard. Our victory in preserving the ACA showed how powerful our community can be. We need to show Congress that the disability community is still engaged and ready to fight for our rights. These next two weeks are a perfect time to talk to them about health care, education, and other important policy issues impacting the disability community.
Here’s what you can do:
- To find out if there’s a town hall meeting coming up near you, visit TownHallProject.com and type in your ZIP code.
- To find your Members of Congress’ local offices, visit contactingcongress.org and type in your ZIP code. Under the contact information for each Representative or Senator, there is a list of their local offices. You should make an appointment with the district office closest to you. You can go by yourself, or go with a group.
Remember: our Members of Congress work for us, so they need to know what we think and what we care about.
- To find out more about health policy, check out our toolkit explaining the Affordable Care Act.
- To learn more about communicating with your Members of Congress, check out “They Work For Us,” which gives you more tools to get through to your elected officials.
“Nothing About Us, Without Us” isn’t just a slogan–it’s the best way to defend our rights and protect our community. We’re counting on you.
We’re giving away ThinkGeek neurodiversity shirts from previous years to people who go to town halls, or meet with their Members of Congress, during the April recess. By telling us how your meeting went, you can help ASAN learn more about how Members of Congress are responding to disability issues. We’re excited to learn more, and we want to thank you for your advocacy, so once you fill out our form, we will send you a T-shirt!