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Sample Advocacy Speech Thank you for the opportunity to speak today. My name is  insert speaker’s 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 Virginia’s 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. 
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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. 
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