Disability Advocacy Day Wednesday, March 3, 2010 9am-2pm

Disability Advocacy Day
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
9am-2pm
South Carolina Statehouse
(starting at the Blatt Building)

YOU can help the Governor and members of the SC General Assembly understand the unique needs of citizens with severe, lifelong disabilities in South Carolina. The unifying message is “Services for individuals with disabilities CANNOT take any more cuts”. Please encourage anyone you know to convey this message to their legislator. Ask them to tell their personal story and how cuts have and will affect them personally.

Let your voice be heard by attending Disability Advocacy Day

What you need to do NOW:

* Call, write or visit your state Representative and Senator in your district and inform them that you will be attending Disability Advocacy Day at the State House on March 3, 2010.
* Make an appointment for a short visit with your legislators to discuss the top priorities listed in here…

a. If at all possible, in their office at some time during Disability Advocacy Day
b. Or in your hometown, during February or March.

*
If you do not know your legislators’ names, visit SC Legislature Online and search by zip code, call the voter registration office in your county for this information. Legislators’ telephone numbers are available by calling 1-800-922-1539.

Tell your personal story!

Write your personal story to leave with your state Representative and Senator. Bring a photo of your family member with a disability when meeting with your legislators and when you come to Disability Advocacy Day. Wear as part of your nametag or show to legislators as a visual reminder of who you are representing.
Personal stories put a real face and voice on how important services are to you and your family member.
OUR GOAL
To maintain and restore essential “MUST HAVE” services for individuals with developmental/physical disabilities and their families served by DDSN.

* Families need help to care for their loved one with a disability at home. DAY SUPPORT SERVICES aid family members to work and earn money, lead normal lives and prevent costly out of home placements.
* Continue providing services through the PDD PROGRAM (Pervasive Developmental Disorder) for young children with autism and Asperger syndrome.
* RESPITE and other IN-HOME SUPPORTS help families cope with the day to day challenges of caring for our loved ones.
* Self Advocates want REAL jobs with real pay.

Register at the Blatt Building Lobby – 1st Floor
Pre-registration is not required.
More information will be provided on March 3rd.

Contact Emily Green at emilygreen@familyconnectionsc.org or 803-642-8406 for more information and to let her know if you plan to attend. We will assemble a Family Connection “rally” outside before sessions start.

Cosponsors: SC Partnership of Disability Organizations; SC Autism Society; Brain Injury Alliance of SC; The Arc of SC – Advocates for Special Needs; SC Spinal Cord Injury Association; SC Human Service Providers, Inc.; The Disability Action Center, Inc.; SC Chapter – American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD); SC Respite Coalition; Family Connection of SC; Epilepsy Foundation of SC; Babcock Center, Inc.; People on the Go – Self Advocacy; IMPACT SC- Statewide Self Advocacy Council; PRO-Parents of SC

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