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Sharing Your Story for a Political Purpose

Telling your story is a great way to make a difference — and because it’s your story, there’s no one better to tell it! Our stories are powerful political tools, and we can use them to make real change. Hearing a real person talk about a policy problem gives policymakers a name and face to remember. Make sure they remember your story — and make the changes you want — with our toolkit, “Sharing Your Story For a Political Purpose.” 

This toolkit helps you brainstorm the most important parts of what you want to say, and make a plan to use your story to create policy change. It explains how to share your story in different places, like:

  • Town halls
  • Legislative hearings
  • Public comments on regulations
  • Op-eds and letters to the editor
  • Petitions

The toolkit is available in two versions:

  • Our Easy Read Edition. The Easy Read version is split into 9 parts. Each part has its own Words to Know section, and there is also a separate Words to Know part with all of the terms from every section. The Easy Read version uses pictures along with larger text, and has more white space.
  • A Plain Language Version for either those with vision-related disabilities or those who would prefer a version without accompanying graphics.
Easy Read Edition

The Easy Read Edition is split into parts. Each part has its own Words to Know section, and there is also a separate Words to Know part with all of the terms from every section. Click on the title of any of the parts below to download it:

You can also download the entire Easy Read Edition of the toolkit by clicking here.

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