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Unformatted text preview: Sample Advocacy Speech Thank you for the opportunity to speak today. My name is insert speakers name and I am a resident of Chesterfield County and the insert your relationship to your family member . Before he received the waiver specify particular challenges your family experienced. After receiving the waiver again specify how things have improved for him, you, your family, piece of mind, etc. It is a travesty to me that there are over 5000 people in Virginia who face similar challenges to those my family experienced before receiving the Waiver. I encourage you all to advocate for increased funding for community based services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by fully funding those Waivers. I encourage you to support the legislation recently passed both the House and the Senate that will eliminate the MR and DD Waiting lists over the next ten years. Thank you to Delegate Cox and Senator Barker for patroning those Bills. Do not let these tough economic times put the brakes on this new legislation! It is immoral that year after year families continue to wait and pray for one of the Golden Tickets that an ID Waiver slot represents. As a legislator you have taken on the responsibility of advocating for your constituents. It is you who has the power to stand along side Virginias most vulnerable citizens and to tell them through action that you value their lives and the contributions they are capable of making to the Commonwealth. Lastly, I want to thank you for making this dream a reality for my family and giving my child the resources necessary to live his best life. Please do not give up on the others who are still waiting. Thank you for your time. Sample Advocacy Calls-Letters-Emails Dear Senator (or Mr. or Mrs. for Delegates) : Make an introduction and Point out a statisti c (from points to consider list) Sample : I am writing/speaking to you because I am concerned that 5, 115 Virginians who have intellectual disabilities go without needed services because of insufficient funding. I have great difficulty understanding why the state of Virginia, ranked one of the wealthiest in the country, is still ranked near the bottom for services to our disabled citizens. Place short synopsis of your personal story here. State in Bullet form what you are advocating for I feel it is imperative that we preserve needed funding for services to our intellectually disabled citizens to include the following : State Your view or which VA CSB budget priorities or ARC Legislative Agenda bullets you feel should be funded. bullets you feel should be funded....
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This note was uploaded on 07/02/2011 for the course MGMT 250 taught by Professor Clippinger during the Spring '10 term at South Carolina.
- Spring '10