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Many people think of the legislative session as the "busy time" for advocates, and summer as down time.  In fact, it is quite the opposite!  Now is the time to beef up your advocacy efforts, and recommit to your advocacy goals.  Here are some things that might get you started:

  • Set (or reset) a goal.  What is it you want?  Is it funding for programs or changes to Iowa law? Is it making government more efficient and responsive?  Whatever your issue - you need to have a goal.  It's your "ask" to legilsators.

  • Attend a campaign event or a local forum.  There are still public forums being held, but many are being replaced by campaign events.  Go to them and talk about your issues, then help out those candidates that say they will help you!  Candidates need people to help them march in parades, make phone calls, help with mailings, knock on doors, and do many other day-to-day administrative jobs for their campaigns.  Candidates remember the people who helped them during the election - and its a great way to meet other like-minded people who may also help you with your advocacy goals.  You can find information on public forums here, and information on candidates here.

  • Hone your advocacy skills at the Self-Advocacy Conference 2014.  ID Action is breaking new ground with the 2014 ID Action Self-Advocacy Conference this fall in Coralville. The conference "Make Your Mark!" will be held October 1-3, 2014 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. ID Action is a non-partisan project that promotes the active civic and political engagement of Iowans with disabilities.  This first advocacy conference will provide an opportunity for Iowans with disabilities to learn and grow as advocates and agents for change.  Register before Wednesday, September 3, 2014 to receive the early bird discount. Click here for more information.