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Call for Advocacy!

The General Assembly in Virginia is meeting this month for a Special Session. We need to let our representatives know that people with developmental/intellectual disabilities, and those that support them, will not be forgotten! The needs of people with developmental disabilities must be included in the new state budget. Currently, funding for necessary developmental disabilities services is not enough. Virginians with developmental disabilities are at risk of losing their life-giving support. 

How you can help: 

Email or call your representative! You can find them listed here along with more information about the issues. See our main talking points in the sample script. 

Get in touch if you have questions: maryellendingley@larche-gwdc.org

Use this sample script below for your email or call.

Sample script

Dear_______,

I am contacting you about the Developmental Disabilities System in Virginia. Virginians with disabilities need our support right now and I want to ensure that they are not left behind. Individuals with developmental disabilities and the providers they rely on are currently being forgotten in the distribution of PPE and financial resources, despite being among some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens. Disability service providers are at a breaking point.

I am asking you to:

We strongly request the General Assembly set aside funding to meet these needs of a highly vulnerable forgotten population.

Thank you for your urgent attention to our request. Your leadership on behalf of Virginians with disabilities is appreciated.

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