Legislative advocacy means going to the Capitol and telling your senators and representatives (legislators) your story. Make sure they know what is important to you. Tell them what you want and need. There is power in numbers! The more self advocates work together and tell their stories. The more things can change. Go to the Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) self advocacy online learning center to learn how self advocates get organized.
Do you know who represents you? Find out here.
The links below will help you learn how to tell your story and practice what to say when you meet your legislators:
You may also visit the Get the Power and Be a Leader sections of this website to learn more about legislative advocacy and how you can help.
Want to see example letters from other self advocates? Click the links below:
Take Action Now! The 82nd Texas legislative session began on January 11, 2011. Things at the Capitol change quickly. The information below will be updated depending on what is happening at during the session. Please check this section often to see how you can help. Remember, your voice counts!
Legislative advocacy is an important part of self advocacy. We should all encourage everyone to speak and listen to others stories. What issues are important to you? Have you ever been to the Capitol? What was the Capitol like? Have you ever visited a legislator? What was it like? What did you talk about? Would you do it again? Self advocates have power in numbers. The more self advocates encourage and support each other. The more self advocates come to the Capitol, the more our voices will be heard.
Good Leaders work with other team members. They know that everyone has something to contribute. Good leaders support the entire team toward a common goal.
Legislators are people who work at the Capitol. Some of them are Representatives. Some are Senators. Their jobs are to listen to self advocates stories and find out what they want and need. They use what self advocates tell them to make new or improve existing laws.
Legislative Advocacy means going to the Capitol and telling Senators and Representatives (legislators) your story. Make sure they know what is important to you. Tell them what you want and need. There is power in numbers! The more self advocates work together and tell their stories. The more things can change.
Save Our Services Letter
Save Our Services Example 1
Save Our Services Examples 2 and 3