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They Work For Us: A #Self-Advocate’s Guide to Getting Through to your Elected Officials


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Civic engagement means:
  • learning about how the government works, and
  • making sure that the people we elect to government listen to us.
Right now, many people are getting involved in political advocacy for the first time. People are going to town hall meetings and making phone calls to their members of Congress. They’re writing letters and using social media to organize advocacy groups. This new wave of political advocacy is incredible. And people with disabilities need to be a part of that. 
The first toolkit is “They Work For Us: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Getting Through to your Elected Officials.” This toolkit is about:
  • who our elected officials are, and
  • what strategies self-advocates can use to get our voices heard by the people we elect to represent us.
“They Work For Us” covers:
  • Who our elected officials are
  • How to contact your elected officials
  • Strategies, scripts, and templates to help you effectively communicate with your elected officials
  • How to use social media for political advocacy
The Easy Read Edition uses pictures along with text and has more white space. The Easy Read Edition is split into parts. Each part has its own glossary, and there is also a separate glossary with all of the terms from every section. Click on the title of any of the parts below to download it.

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