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Disability Action Center NW

by Vicki Leeper

Advocating to your legislator can be an intimidating process. It helps to be prepared to tell your story.

1. Introduce yourself, tell where you live and what issue has impacted you.

2. Make it personal, focus on how it affects you; your family, your finances, where you are living, etc.

3. Make it relatable. “Have you ever been in this situation? Do you know someone who has?

4. Connect your story to your community. What others face the same challenges.

And finally, make it short and to the point. Be specific as possible and don’t wander into the weeds.



“Access to communication in the widest sense is access to knowledge, and that is vitally important for us if we (the blind) are not to go on being despised or patronized by condescending sighted people. We do not need pity, nor do we need to be reminded we are vulnerable. We must be treated as equals – and communication is the way this can be brought about. ” ~ Louis Braille