Contact your Alabama legislator -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.
Autistic Self Advocacy Network: The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for autistic people. ASAN was created to serve as a national grassroots disability rights organization for the autistic community run by and for autistic Americans, advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power. Staff work to educate communities, support self-advocacy in all its forms, and improve public perceptions of autism. ASAN’s members and supporters include autistic adults and youth, cross-disability advocates, and non-autistic family members, professionals, educators, and friends.
Visitability– Making ALL new homes visitable, not just “special homes”. Being at the party, the meeting, the family reunion…not isolated. 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.