Advocacy has always been woven into the fabric of our society. From the very beginning, people have banded together to advocate for their collective interests. We saw this with the Boston Tea Party when colonists were opposed to paying taxes on tea. We saw advocacy play a huge role during the Montgomery Bus Boycott when scores of young children of color marched for equal rights and met with their elected officials. In the last year, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (in Parkland, FL) have become leading voices in advocacy against gun violence. Now, young adults from all over the country are getting ready to follow in the footsteps of advocates who have gone before them. These young advocates will descend on Capitol Hill to advocate on issues that impact them and millions of other individuals with learning and attention issues.
On February 26th – 27th, the National Center for Learning Disabilities will partner with Eye to Eye to bring students from all over the country to Washington, DC to share their stories and advocate for issues that matter to them. Our young adults have been trained on advocacy strategies, Capitol Hill protocol, and the specific actions we’d like Members of Congress to take. As they meet with their Members of Congress, they will ask their elected officials to:
- Co-sponsor the RISE Act, legislation that eases the burden of students transitioning from high school to college;
- Fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); and
- Join the House Dyslexia Caucus.
Through the #StandwithLD National Day of Action, young adults will be empowered to become leaders in the fight for equity, will learn valuable self-advocacy skills, and will be connected to the broader civil rights movement. However, their journey does not stop here — our young adults are also working on a local advocacy projects in their communities, because we know all politics is local. Our young adults recognize that the greatest opportunity for change exists in their own backyard.
As we prepare for our Young Adult Hill Day, NCLD urges you to join us for our #StandwithLD National Day of Action by signing our RISE Action Alert. Never forget, we are the change we seek. It starts with us!
Tell Congress: Pass the RISE Act
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