ADVOCACY

Contact your Alabama legislator  – Do you want to contact your legislator, but you don’t know how? You can find your legislator’s contact information at http://www.legislature.state.al.us Send your message now & make your voice heard!  You can get the home office contact information by clicking on the District/Biography tab.

Writing your Legislator – If you are having a hard time starting that email, card or letter to your Alabama state Senator or Representative, you could start by saying:

  • I have end stage renal disease and I live in your district.
  • I am a person with a disability and I live in your district.
  • I am the husband/wife of a person with a disability and I live in your district.
  • I am the parent of a child with a disability and I live in your district.

And then follow with something like:

  • Cuts to Medicaid services will affect me because I will not be able to receive treatment at the dialysis center any longer.
  • Cuts to Medicaid services will affect me because I receive home and community based waiver services that will be cut.
  • Cuts to Medicaid services will affect me because funding to Children’s hospital will affect outpatient services.
  • Cuts to Medicaid services will affect me because it will be more difficult to find a doctor who accepts Medicaid.

Close with your name and address so they KNOW you really are from their district.

ADAPT-ADAPT is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.

Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP)– ADAP’s mission is to provide quality, legally based advocacy services to Alabamians with disabilities in order to protect, promote and expand their rights. ADAP’s vision is one of a society where persons with disabilities are valued and exercise self-determination through meaningful choices, and have equality of opportunity.

Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities (ACDD)-To promote and support independence, advocacy, productivity and inclusion for Alabamians with developmental disabilities.

Concrete Change-An international network whose goal is making ALL new homes visitable, not just “special homes”. Being at the party, the meeting, the family reunion…not isolated. Concrete Change focuses on three essentials that must become the default in home construction practice: 1. One zero step entrance, at the front, back, or side of the house; 2. All main floor doors, including bathrooms, with at least 32 inches of clear passage space; and 3. At least half a bath, preferably a full bath, on the main floor.

National Council on Independent Living-As a membership organization, NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy. NCIL envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.

State of Alabama Client Assistance Program (SACAP)-The State of Alabama Client Assistance Program (SACAP) is a federally-funded program designed to assist individuals with disabilities in resolving problems they may experience with any of Alabama’s federally-funded rehabilitation programs.SACAP serves as a liaison to assist all eligible Alabama residents with disabilities in receiving services as provided under the federal Rehabilitation Act and the employment section of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

People First of Alabama-People First of Alabama is a group of people with developmental disabilities living in Alabama communities dedicated to making our dreams happen by having choices and control over our lives. This means having opportunities to make decisions and plans for ourselves instead of having others make them for us.

Polling Site Accessibility-ADA Checklist for Polling Places. An evaluation of polling place accessibility should focus on those areas of a facility that are important to voting. These often include parking for voters, a drop off or loading area, the entrance to the polling place, and the pedestrian routes (interior and exterior) that voters use to get to the voter check-in and voting areas.

Voter Registration: Visit the Alabama Secretary of State’s website for more information on voter registration.

http://familyvoicesal.org/ : The resource link has a Healthcare Notebook that helps both individuals with disabilities & their health care providers. It is a great tool that has been provided to some clinics at Children’s.  The mission of Family Voices of Alabama (FV of AL) aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with disabilities.  Through our national network, we provide families tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among professionals and families, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.
The Vision of Family Voices of Alabama is that every child and youth with a disability receives family-centered care.
Alabama Autism is a great site not just for individuals who have autism, but also for to the resources listed on the page. A great way to  keep up the events that are taking place.
A great site that keeps many informed about educational matters and it is not biased. It is a great resource at this time to stay in the knowing.

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