Advocacy

BECOME AN ADVOCATE

What you need to know about becoming an advocate for people with

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)

      Find out which legislators represent your community
Not sure who your State Assembly Member or Senator is? Here is a link to the Websites that will help you determine the legislators that represent your community (also see below).

http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

      Bills to watch 
The Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA) has a legislation page on its web site that includes a “bill file” with a listing of all of the bills that they are following, and a status update.
Visit the ARCA web site Legislation Bill File page

      How to search for bill information
If you would like to view a particular bill and learn about its status and other related information, the California Legislative Information web site is a great place to start.
Go to the California Legislative Information web site

      Sample letter
Here is a sample that you can use to write a letter and guidelines that you can follow when sending a letter or e-mail or making a phone call to a legislator.
View the sample letter and guidelines

      Legislative process
The Office of Senate Publications has an educational booklet that describes the legislative process.

View the pdf version of the booklet

We Build Opportunities 

for Discovery, Choice and Self-Determination

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We Build Opportunities 
for Discovery, Choice and Self-Determination