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2022 Developmental Disabilities (DD)
Advocacy Weeks


The Training Alumni Association,

in partnership with the Arc of Virginia, needs you to participate in Virtual Developmental Disabilities (DD) Days.

Choose a Day and Date from

Week 1 or 2 listed below:

Week 1: Thursday, January 13, 2022-Thursday, January 20, 2022
Week 2: Thursday, February 10, 2022-Thursday, February 17, 2022

TAA has reimagined how to deliver

DD Days in 2022! 

Choose one of the following Grassroots Advocacy Approaches to connect with your legislators during the weeks:

Zoom Meeting with your Legislators 

(Share your personal testimony and the Arc of Virginia’s Legislative Agenda Priorities.)

Email or Letter-Writing Campaign 

(Templates on how to write an effective advocacy letter and the campaign dates are linked below.)

Phone Calling Campaign 

(Call and schedule an appointment to speak to your Legislator or Legislative Aide and share your personal testimony and concerns.)

Arc of Virginia’s District Constituent Meeting 

(Participate in a meeting using the Arc of VA’s Toolkit.)

Public Comment 

(Visit Virginia Regulatory Town Hall website to find a government agency and a regulation to provide electronic public comment. Health and Human Resources, Education and Transportation are 3 recommended agencies)

TAA Advocacy



  • When participating in a TAA advocacy event or activity, remember that you are representing the TAA.

  • When representing the TAA, do not ask your legislator to vote “Yes” or “No” on specific bills. This can be misinterpreted as lobbying.

  • Rather, use terms like “I support” or “I oppose.”

  • *If you are meeting or speaking with your legislator as a individual you may ask them to vote “Yes” or “No.”

We need all Alumni to participate in DD Advocacy Weeks! 
Complete the registration by Thursday, January 6, 2022



Fill out this form to RSVP and  tell us which of the 5 Grassroots Advocacy approaches you have selected to participate in.

Pick one date you would like to advocate during Week 1
Pick one date you would like to advocate during Week 2

Find your legislators at

Letter-Writing Regional Campaign Dates

Central Virginia Alumni Chapter (CVA)

Friday, January 14, 2022

Northern Virginia Alumni Chapter (NoVA)

Monday, February 14, 2022

Tidewater Virginia Alumni Chapter (TARC)

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Southwest Alumni Chapter (SWA)

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Legislator Contact Scripts and

Advocacy Letter-Writing Templates:

Download Here


The Arc of VA’s Developmental Disability 2022 Legislative Agenda

  • Appendix K Permanent Parent Pay

  • Access to Services

  • Access to Technology

  • Criminal Justice Accommodations

  • Inclusive Education

For questions please email




  • Ms. Ronita Wilson, Co-Chair, ADP Coordinator

  • Ms. Kennedy Rose, Co-Chair, SWA Alumni

  • Ms. Marlo Dean, Co-Editor, TARC Alumni

  • Ms. Crystal Higgins, Co-Editor, NoVA Alumni

  • Ms. Catherine Childers, SWA Alumni

  • Mr. Sohail Safeer, CVA Alumni

  • Ms. Aryn Gentry, CVA Alumni  

  • Mr. Joshua Parker, TARC Alumni

  • Ms. Sara Stachkunas, NoVA Alumni

  • Ms. Debbie Stachkunas, NoVA Alumni 

  • Mr. Corey Weisman, NoVA Alumni

  • Ms. Carly Dolan, CVA Alumni

  • Mr. Judah Dowd, NoVA Alumni

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