Advocacy Days 2021
Join us for the
GCDD 2021 Virtual
April 15, 2021, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EST)
This is a free event, however, registration is required.
The first 200 participants to register before Monday, April 5th at 3:00 pm EST will receive a celebration packet by mail.
About the Awards:
- The "Legislative Champion" award will recognize a legislator or staff person from the Georgia General Assembly.
- The "Excellence in Advocacy" award will recognize an individual from the community.
- The "Stronger Together" award will recognize a group or organization.
Important Information About the Event:
- The awards ceremony will take place via Zoom on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.
- ASL and caption transcription will be available during this Zoom meeting.
- Registration is free and open to anyone interested in supporting disability advocacy in Georgia.
- Meeting participants consent to being recorded during the event and agree to remain respectful when engaging with other participants.
- The full participant consent and disclaimer form is available to read here.
Zoom Download Requirement:
- You cannot join this meeting in your internet browser. You must download the “Zoom Client for Meetings” to join from your computer.
- You will be prompted to download the Zoom application when you join the meeting. You can prepare for the meeting in advance by signing up and downloading Zoom to your computer or phone or tablet.
- To download the Zoom to your computer, visit https://zoom.us/download and download the “Zoom Client for Meetings.”
- If you would like to join from your phone or tablet download the “Zoom Mobile App.”
- A tutorial video on “How to Join a Zoom Meeting” can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ.
Advocacy Days 2021 Resources
Hello, advocates! Thank you to all who attended any or all of our Advocacy Days. We still monitoring and advocating during the legislative session and will keep you informed in our Public Policy for the People Updates.
In the meantime, resources from all three Advocacy Days are available below:
General Documents for all Advocacy Days
- Find Your Legislators on Open States
- Advocate Tool: Letter/Email Template (DOC)
- Letter/ Email Writing Advocacy Tips Presentation Slides (PDF)
- The Autistic-I/DD Self Advocacy Through Media Training Course
- The Dos and Don’ts of Staying Safe on the Internet
- Social Media Advocacy Tips Presentation Slides (PDF)
Day 1: GCDD HCBS Advocacy Day – January 27, 2021
• Introduction to Home & Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid Waivers (PPT)
• A Deeper Dive into Home & Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid Waivers (PPT)
• An HCBS Waiver Primer (PDF)
• Share Your Story with Policymakers: Virtual Edition! (PDF)
• Legislative Advocate Tool - Letter Email Template (DOC)
Day 2: GCDD IPSE Advocacy Day – February 16, 2021
- Inclusive Post-secondary Education (IPSE) One Page Infographic (PDF)
- IPSE Advocacy Ask Presentation Slides (PDF)
- Include College Website (Georgia IPSE Programs)
- Department of Education Think College Website (US IPSE Programs)
- IPSE Success Stories (15 min)
- GCDD Letter & Email Writing Advocacy Workshop (11 min)
- GCDD Social Media for Advocacy Workshop (22 min)
Day 3: GCDD Competitive, Integrated Employment Advocacy Day – March 10, 2021
- Employment Advocacy Infographic (PDF)
- State Update and Employment Advocacy Ask Slides (PDF)
- National Employment Update on Disability Policy Slides (PDF)
- About The Work4Eli Employment Program (2 min)
- GCDD Letter & Email Writing for Advocacy Workshop (11 min)
- GCDD Social Media for Advocacy Workshop (22 min)
- Integrated Employment Panel Discussion With Work4Eli (52 min)
- Supported Employment Success Stories (8 min)
- Competitive, Integrated Employment Video Resumes (5 min
Some Tips on Advocating
One of the most important steps we can take ahead of Advocacy Days is to look up our legislators, see what committees they are on and find out how they have voted on issues we care about. With the website Open States, constituents can find bills they are interested in and also search for their legislators. To find your legislators’ voting records, we recommend searching for them on Ballotpedia. Both of these sites are great resources for any advocate to be properly informed.
Once we become informed on the issues and our legislators, we can better advocate for ourselves during the session and beyond. But Advocacy Days are not the only opportunity to advocate! In fact, there are year-round opportunities. Once you have found who represents you and how they vote, feel free to reach out to them on social media or connect with them via email or phone before each Advocacy Day. Make sure to let them know you are a constituent in their district. Each legislator has an important voice in their chamber, and they want to hear from their communities.
One thing we must remember is that these state lawmakers are our friends and neighbors. A lot of these legislators know some information about a lot of different things, so be prepared to educate them on issues you care about. If you are planning to come to our Advocacy Days, feel free to invite them to join you!
Like always, Georgia, let’s keep advocating!
Who To Know
Georgia’s 2021 legislative session will be moving at a quick pace, and we want to make sure that you know how to stay most up to date with all the goings-on under the Gold Dome. One of the ways we can do that is by sharing some of our great partners in policy:
- Georgians for a Healthy Future
Focus includes bringing healthcare to Georgia’s communities with increasing care, as well as working on expanding Medicaid; also works alongside GCDD to address the waiver waitlist
- Georgia Council on Aging
Advocates with and on behalf of aging Georgians and their families to improve their quality of life; often works with GCDD to educate and advise legislators on making recommendations for Georgians who are aging and/or have disabilities
- Voices of Georgia’s Children
Advocates for all of Georgia’s children, particularly those whose location, family income, race or family/community circumstances leave them most vulnerable; currently works alongside GCDD to better understand disability issues and how they can exist in all laws, policies and actions to improve the lives of children
- Georgia Association of Persons Supporting Employment First
Working on a robust legislative agenda focusing on employment issues for people with disabilities