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Legislative Advocacy Center

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Legislative advocacy is about making your voice heard and taking action that involves acting on behalf of yourself or others. Legislative advocacy can involve working personally with legislative staff to bombarding legislators with phone calls, letters and tweets about a particular issue. Legislative advocacy is not a one-time thing! In general, we recommend several different types of legislative advocacy when working with elected officials:

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Legislative Strategies:

Legislative advocacy is about making your voice heard and taking action that involves acting on behalf of yourself or others. Legislative advocacy can involve working personally with legislative staff to bombarding legislators with phone calls, letters and tweets about a particular issue. Legislative advocacy is not a one-time thing! In general, we recommend several different types of legislative advocacy when working with elected officials:

  • APSE Day at the Statehouse: Organizing an APSE Day at the Capitol is an effective way that a few APSE chapters have utilized to raise awareness and engage with stakeholders. Contact macey@apse.org to learn more!
  • Take Your Legislator to Work Day: The objective of the Take Your Legislator to Work Day is to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities and to show our legislators “Real Jobs with Real Pay!”
  • Meeting Policymakers: The most effective way to build connections with your legislators are to go on a personal visit to his or her office. Visit APSE’s Legislative Advocacy Approaches Section to learn how to schedule a visit.
  • Building and Working in Coalitions: For more information about working with and developing coalitions, review there information her on Advocacy Tactics.

Communication Strategies:

There are many different communication strategies that you can use as a voice for Employment First. Choosing the most effective strategy or strategies will be important to be a successful advocate. Below are a few key approaches:

  • Email and Social Media: ElectronSocial Media Advocacyic communications are an easy and time effective way to share your story and gain advocacy allies. More information about “Using Social Media for Advocacy” and find your Legislator on Twitter.
  • Press Releases: A Press Release can provide your allies and general public a brief synopsis of important information. For detailed tip sheets and template press-releases, visit pages 31-34 in this resource
  • Newsletters, Opinion Pieces, Etc.: Other strategies to spread the APSE message and vision are through newsletters, op-eds and white papers. Please see this helpful resource for more information about these strategies (pages 40-42).

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