We are rolling into the Congressional recess following another successful legislative conference – our 8th annual Roll – with over 30 states, plus Puerto Rico, and the most Hill visits ever, 265. To all of you, those who attended ROCH 2019 in person, June 23-26, 2019, and those who are active on advocacy and policy issues in your home states and have attended other Rolls over the last several years – THANK YOU!
The advocacy and policy team received the most Hill visit feedback forms ever, from practically every attendee, over 100. Attendees, you did a wonderful job following up with your Congressional offices. We received great feedback from Capitol Hill on our issues of reforming rehab for the SCI community; universal design for autonomous vehicles; improving air travel, community integration and complex rehab technology (customized wheelchairs).
This year was our first Advocacy Academy where we highlighted the release of our new Advocacy in Action Toolkit and talked about the basics of Advocacy: how to engage in advocacy locally or in Washington, D.C. as well as everywhere in between. We also heard what our advocates are doing at home. Being an advocate does not always mean talking directly to policymakers or legislators, it can mean collecting signatures on a petition; convincing organizations to work together on a particular issue, or speaking to the press. In any case, highlighting issues that matter to our communities is what advocacy is all about.
Before Members of Congress return to Washington, DC September 9, the advocacy and policy team will be sharing more messaging and updates.
—Alexandra (Alex) Bennewith, VP, Government Relations
Upcoming Advocacy 101 Series
Join Brook McCall, United Spinal’s Grassroots Advocacy Manager, in her Advocacy 101 Series, where she will highlight different sections of our Advocacy in Action: A Toolkit for the Rolling Revolution to help all of you become more effective advocates.