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I/DD Advocacy Day Opportunity | May 14, 2024

The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities and Meet the Need NC are organizing advocates to attend a Listening Session at the NC Legislative I/DD Caucus meeting on Tuesday, May 14.

The I/DD Caucus is working to educate legislators about the needs of the I/DD community, in particular the 17,500+ waiting list for Innovations waivers and the Direct Support Professionals crisis, as well as other issues affecting those with I/DD including those on the autism spectrum. You can join in the listening session as well as advocate with your General Assembly members that day.

The Listening Session at the I/DD Caucus meeting will be held Tuesday, May 14, from 12-2 p.m. in the NC Legislative Building at 16 W. Jones Street in the 3rd floor auditorium. There will be 20 self-advocates, family members, and advocates speaking and there is room for up to 100 audience members in the auditorium space.Ā Ā 

Things to know if you plan to attend in person on May 14:

  1. Sign up to attend here.
  2. Speaking slots are filled already and space in the room is limited, so if you attend, be prepared to spend time stopping into your legislatorsā€™ offices if you cannot get a seat for the whole Listening Session.
  3. Please make an appointment with your NCGA members ahead of time. You can find information about who represents you and where their offices are located here.Ā 
  4. Not every one of your legislators will have time available that day, so if you cannot set up a meeting, consider bringing a written statement about your concerns that you can drop off at their offices.
  5. Please review our Advocacy 101 Toolkit and tips sheet for guidance on what to say and/or what to write in your statement.
  6. If you are not familiar with the NCGA, please look at their visitor guide, including locations of paid parking and accessibility.
  7. The NCGA and the Legislative Office building both require visitors to go through security screenings: be prepared to wait and note the list of prohibited items, including signs on sticks.

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