(c) 2005 Claudia Lowe, J.D. Agenda What is grassroots advocacy How a bill becomes a law How to be an effective advocate The Armchair Advocate Writing to your legislator Meeting with your legislator
(c) 2005 Claudia Lowe, J.D. Advocacy… ss the act or process of supporting a cause or issue. An advocacy campaign is a set of targeted actions in support of a cause or issue. We advocate a cause or issues because we want to: build support for that cause or issue; influence others to support it; or try to influence or change legislation that affects it. IPPF
(c) 2005 Claudia Lowe, J.D. Advocacy… is speaking up, drawing a community’s attention to an important issue, and directing decision-makers toward a solution. Advocacy is working with other people and organizations to make a difference. CEDPA
(c) 2005 Claudia Lowe, J.D. Advocacy… is giving voice to a group or population that has traditionally been voiceless. CEDPA
(c) 2005 Claudia Lowe, J.D. Grassroots Advocacy… Generally means an organized “bottom- up” process to communicate issues and concerns to elected officials and now plays a substantial role in many legislative battles. Association for Enterprise Opportunity
(c) 2005 Claudia Lowe, J.D. Objectives Show your legislator(s) that you care about your issue and the role it plays in people's lives, affects businesses, or (whatever). Show that you understand the issues and have a good argument to back up your position. Show your legislator(s) that you are familiar with the political process and are monitoring their efforts. Get involved in the legislative process– every person counts!! Association for Enterprise Opportunity
(c) 2005 Claudia Lowe, J.D. How a bill becomes law… Introduction and committee referral Assigned to subcommittees Hearings for approval and sending to full committee Committee approves and reports bill Senate/House debates and passes bill Conference committee resolves and differences between House and Senate Senate/House enacts bill
(c) 2005 Claudia Lowe, J.D. Being an Effective Advocate Know the legislative process Get your allies together Do your homework Pick your lobbying targets and go to work What is your objective? Who do you need to move? What do they need to hear? Who do they need to hear it from? What actions will you use to make your point? The Democracy Center
(c) 2005 Claudia Lowe, J.D. Writing to Your Legislator One type-written page Short paragraph, state your purpose If a bill, cite name and number Be factual and support your position State effects if you oppose and offer a different approach Ask the legislator for his/her views Write legibly, include name and address The Arc
(c) 2005 Claudia Lowe, J.D. Meeting Your Legislator Schedule the meeting Who to bring to the meeting Preparing for the meeting Meeting with an aide vs meeting with the member Common pitfalls After the meeting The Arc
(c) 2005 Claudia Lowe, J.D. Educational Consultant Counsels students and their families on educational strategies and provisions for an appropriate IEP or 504 plan and Transition plan based on the student’s unique needs, individual learning and work styles, strengths, abilities, talents, and potential.
(c) 2005 Claudia Lowe, J.D. Favorite Quotes “If you wouldn’t do it to an adult, don’t do it to a child.” Rick LaVoie “Children do well if they can.” Ross Greene “I am not your response.” Claudia Lowe
(c) 2005 Claudia Lowe, J.D. Workshops “K-12 CAMS for Students” A one-day workshop that can be presented to students, teachers, or parents on how to effectively use K-12 CAMS for school work, home work, and to make educational progress. Presenters: Claudia Lowe, B.S.L., J.D. and Cathy Manus, E.S. "If You Don't Teach Me the Way I Learn, You Are Not Teaching Me" A one-day workshop with facilitated discussion and simulations to acquire skills and strategies to educate and engage students with disabilities that impact learning. Presenters: Claudia Lowe, B.S.L., J.D. and Cathy Manus, E.S.
(c) 2005 Claudia Lowe, J.D. K-12 CAMS K-12 CAMS Fact Sheets: Attention/Concentration Reasoning/Processing Memory Executive Function Interpersonal Skills Emotional Maturity Coordination/Motor Function Communication Reading Writing/Spelling Math Calculation/Application