2022 Developmental Disabilities (DD) Advocacy Weeks

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

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 listed above.

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


1. Call and request a Zoom Meeting with your Legislators to share your personal testimony and the Arc of Virginia’s Legislative Agenda Priorities.

  • 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”.


2. Chose to participate in either the Email or Letter-Writing Campaign. Templates on how to write an effective advocacy letter and the campaign dates for  TAA regional campaign dates are located on the TAA webpage.


3. Participate in Phone Calling Campaign. Call and schedule an appointment to speak to your Legislator or Legislative Aide and share your personal testimony and concerns.


4. Participate in the Arc of Virginia’s District Constituent Meetings using the Tool Kit (link and dates will be shared on the TAA webpage).


5. Participate in 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.

We need all Alumni to participate in DD Advocacy Weeks! 
Complete the registration by Monday, January 4, 2022

#DDDay2022

Registration

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

Select a meeting date from Week 1:
Select a meeting date from Week 2
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The Arc of VA’s Developmental Disability 2022 Legislative Agenda

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  • Appendix K Permanent Parent Pay

  • Access to Services

  • Access to Technology

  • Criminal Justice Accommodations

  • Inclusive Education

Arc of VA Advocacy Toolkit coming soon

Resources:

Resources Find your legislators at 

whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov

Legislator Contact Scripts and

Advocacy Letter-Writing Templates:

Download Here

For questions please email training@vbpd.virginia.gov

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  DD WEEKS SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS: 

 

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

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

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

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

  • Ms. Catherine Childers, SWA Alumni,
    Member At Large

  • 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