The Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois is pleased to introduce its first Legislative Update! The purpose of the Update is to keep individuals informed of legislation and initiatives advanced on both the National and State levels that may affect those with spinal cord injuries and their loved ones.
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Listed below are a number of resources that may be helpful to an individual or organization interested in participating in advocacy at the policy level. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but rather one we are hoping to continue to grow. Please send suggestions for additions to: SCIInjury@aol.com. Thanks!
Who are my representatives?
Find your federal representatives at:
Find your Illinois representatives at:
(Click on "legislator lookup" under "additional resources.")
How do I know what is happening in terms of legislation?
Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois frequently posts updates on legislation in Illinois:
How can I get involved in public policy advocacy?
There are several ways to get involved in public policy advocacy. These range from making a phone call to your representative's office, writing a letter or email, or scheduling a visit. Here we have listed several resources from several organizations and agencies regarding policy and legislative advocacy. If the first link seems like it doesn't answer the questions you're asking, please try the next! While some may have repeat information we have included all here in order to offer a variety of perspectives and sources of information for our diverse range of interests and skills.
The American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers offers an "Advocate's Tool Kit":
The Council for Disability Rights offers information on voting:
The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) offers a number of links to advocacy resources:
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities provides information on a number of disability-related legislative issues: http://www.c-c-d.org/
Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI) is an organization that encourages 501(c)(3) nonprofits to understand the enormous importance of lobbying and speaking out on behalf of their constituents, causes and communities. They provide a number of resources on their website:
The David Suzuki Foundation is a Canadian environmental organization that has compiled a list of tips for contacting political representatives through various means: