Dear DEC members,
This week's YES DEC CAN! is being sent to every member as a special call to action over the recess. Many of you have asked how you can be involved in policy and advocacy efforts while members of Congress and Senators are home.
We have also provided the resource: 3 Steps to Build and Maintain Relationships with Elected Officials.
In terms of actions we suggest:
1) Follow the 3 Steps to Build and Maintain Relationships with elected officials with one person. Remember you can be a powerful source of information to your member of Congress or Senator for information related to infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities and their families.
2) Select one message to discuss with your member of Congress or Senator.
Option A: Fully fund and protect IDEA
Option B: Protect ACA and maintain Medicaid as it is an important funding source for IDEA services and health care for families.
If you need more information on these topics visit our Great Policy Resources page.
Bottom line? Please DO something! Don't waste the precious face to face time some of the town halls offer or an individual appointment could offer! You are the experts! Your members of Congress and Senators need you! Better yet, partner with a parent in your program and make the visit together. Personal stories are powerful!
Good luck and keep us posted on your experiences!
DEC Policy and Advocacy Team