Positive changes to disability policies start with you!

Join United Spinal’s Public Policy department for our 2013 ‘Independence Through Advocacy’ webinar series that will provide a better understanding of how federal programs and benefits work, or don’t work, for people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).

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Legislators always want to hear from their constituents, much more than from lobbyists. The ‘Independence Through Advocacy’ webinar series will provide the tools to bring up these important issues, in person, through email, or on the phone. Your voice can make a difference in the fight to change policies that affect our community. Let’s come together to learn about the issues and ways we can fix them, on a united front.

The second installment of this four-part webinar series, Getting the Right Mobility Equipment & Services for People with Disabilities will take place Thurs., Mar 28, 2013 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, EST and will cover rules under Medicare that may currently impact access to wheelchairs and other assistive technology, therapies and prescription drugs.

This webinar will include information on:

-How to get the right equipment, services and care.

-Clarify which suppliers to contact for equipment and services.

-Why Medicare denies necessary rehab equipment, prescription drug coverage and therapy.

-What the federal government is doing when it comes to your healthcare and quality of life.

-Tips will also be provided on how to be your own best advocate.

Featured speaker is Alexandra Bennewith MPA, VP, Government Relations, United Spinal Association. Alex was formerly senior manager of Government Affairs for the American Association for Homecare (AAH). She also has served the policy interests of patients/consumers at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and at the Spina Bifida Association of America.

Additional webinars will focus access to long-term services and supports and home- and community-based services through Medicaid and other avenues; as well as disability rights and advocacy 101. The topics were developed through feedback from our members and our national network chapters that act as our eyes and ears at the grassroots level.

Your participation in these webinars is essential to United Spinal’s success on the Hill. Questions and concerns from you, the SCI/D community, help guide our policy priorities. Discussions will allow our policy staff and advocates who travel to DC this summer to advocate based on your concerns.

Stay tuned for more details!