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Legislative Advocacy Webinar Series

How a Bill Becomes a Law: Special time! Friday, February 23, 2024 | 10:00am – 12:30pm (hosted by ICDD)

Presentation covers the federal law-making process and explains how a bill moves through the House and Senate before going to the President. Material is explained in plain language with examples.

Speakers:

  • Tyson Bedford, Self-Advocate, ICDD
  • Chris Lenart, Self-Advocate, The Alliance
  • Sabrina Wyman, The Arc of Illinois
  • Krescene Beck, The Illinois Self-Advocacy Alliance
  • Phil Milsk, Law Offices of Phil Milsk

Weekly Virtual Webinars on Thursdays

10:30 – 11:30am

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Presentation covers the 5 w’s of voting and how we register to vote. Participants will learn the importance of voter registration, guiding individuals through the registration process, ballot options, accessing accommodations or resources tailored to their needs, how to research issues and candidates, and using supports to cast their ballot. Presentation empowers individuals with disabilities to exercise their right to vote. Includes pre- and post-module questions to assess learning. Material is explained in plain language with examples. 

Speakers:

  • Erin Compton is a self-advocate in High School, and one of the youngest members of the IL State Rehabilitation Council, representing students who are transitioning from school to their future lives. She dances at Joffrey Ballet, Expression Dance, and Access Living Inclusive Dance, and is part of the Young Choreographers Project out of Los Angeles. Erin plans to attend college and would like to work in government, representing students with disabilities.

Looking Up Your Legislator: March 7, 2024 

Presentation provides step-by-step instructions for how to use three different legislative lookup websites. Presentation also briefly covers the three levels of government (federal, state, and local) and the basic structure of federal, state, and local legislatures. Includes pre- and post-module questions to assess learning. Material is explained in plain language with examples. 

Crafting an Elevator Speech: March 14, 2024

Presentation provides overview on the importance of elevator speeches and how to write one. Discusses why “short and sweet” speeches are especially useful when communicating with elected officials. Presentation breaks elevator speeches into three parts: beginning, middle, and end, and explains what each part should aim to accomplish. Includes pre- and post-module questions to assess learning. Material is explained in plain language with examples.

Arranging a Meeting with Your Legislator: March 21, 2024

Presentation explains the steps involved in setting up a meeting with your legislator, including: find out who represents you; use their website contact form to send a meeting invitation; using their phone line to set up a meeting;  how and when to follow up  and confirm details a few days before with their office;  where and how to read up on the legislator including their bio, committee assignments, and priorities; and sending  a follow-up email afterward.  Presentation also offers advice on effective legislative advocacy. Includes pre- and post-module questions to assess learning. Material is explained in plain language with examples. 

How to Submit a Witness Slip: March 28, 2024

Presentation explains what a witness slip is and how to fill one out using Illinois General Assembly website (ilga.gov). Presentation walks you through the process using images from the website with step-by-step instructions. Module also provides examples of additional ways to get involved and suggestions for encouraging friends and family to submit witness slips as well. Includes pre- and post-module questions to assess learning. Material is explained in plain language with examples. 

Discussing Political Issues with Civility: April 4, 2024

Presentation provides advice for how to navigate situations to better be able to discuss political issues. Bulk of the material is devoted towards “disagreeing with grace” and how to have challenging conversations. The presentation also covers identifying situations requiring boundary setting and productive ways to do that. Includes pre- and post-module questions to assess learning. Material is explained in plain language with examples. 

How to Become an Election Judge at Polling Places: April 11, 2024

Learn about different opportunities, some paid, as a poll worker on election day and help shape democracy as being inclusive. Presentation discusses the requirements and training needed to become a poll worker and how to connect with your local board of elections for more information and training. Includes pre- and post-module questions to assess learning. Material is explained in plain language with examples. 

How a Bill Becomes a Law: Federal Government: April 18, 2024

Presentation covers the federal law-making process and explains how a bill moves through the House and Senate before going to the President. Includes pre- and post-module questions to assess learning. Material is explained in plain language with examples.

“In partnership with the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities. This communication is supported in part by grant number CFDA 93.630 from the U.S. administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.”