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

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