Advocacy Tip of the Week
September 5, 2013
By Autism Society
After a month long summer vacation, Congress will be back in session next week. The Autism Society has seen the inability in Congress to pass various legislative actions needed to help people living with developmental disabilities. Certainly, there are members of Congress that are our friends and allies, but we have so far to go as a national disability movement to have our collective voices heard by elected officials. We certainly do a lot of goo but with over 20,000,000 people living with a disability, we have to ask why we aren’t gaining the political attention movement we should in today’s society.
For example, let’s examine the Restraint and Seclusion Bill. This bill is not only needed but it defines a core value of our society. In that we want to make sure that unnecessary restraint and seclusion, which we all know occurs, will be regulated to assure that a person is not restrained or placed in seclusion without adhering to strong requirements. How can anyone be against this? Well, there are many school systems which feel the federal government shouldn’t make rules regulating schools. But, imagine if every person living with a disability and his/her family members and friends asked their elected school board members why they are part of a group that is fighting a core value of protection for our children? Then, what if each person called their Congressman or Congresswoman and two US Senators and asked that they support the federal bill? And, then what if all 20,000,000 living with a disability, their family and friends called their local state legislators and asked them to introduce a state bill to regulate restraint and seclusion? Imagine the progress we would make! We need to be proactive and persistent when it comes to legislation impacting a person living with a disability. It can bes easy to get discouraged and give up. Remember, Diana Nyad, on her third try at the age of 64, swan from Cuba to Florida. She had to deal with sharks, jellyfish, and so much more and despite setbacks, she didn’t give up. We need to all be like Diana and have the similar strength and commitment when it comes to legislation and laws that impact a person living with a disability.
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April 10, 2013
The Autism Society, the nation’s largest and oldest grassroots autism organization, has chosen Pittsburgh as the host city of its 44th annual conference on autism spectrum disorders.
April 5, 2013
Individuals with autism can attend the Autism Society National Conference and Exposition (in Pittsburgh) for FREE this year! Learn more: www.autism-society.org/conference.
April 3, 2013
Monarch Teaching Technologies, the makers of VizZle®, web-based educational software for visual learners with autism, will give one-year of free VizZle to every new (or renewing) Champion Member during April.
April 2, 2013
Read the Autism Society’s digital magazine about autism spectrum disorders!
April 2, 2013
Today, throughout the world, individuals will come together highlighting the needs and dreams of people living with autism.