Become a Reeve Foundation advocate

Posted by Reeve Foundation Staff in Daily Dose on February 06, 2017 # Advocacy and Policy

An idea begins with an individual and they share the idea with more individuals. Eventually, it becomes a movement. - Christopher Reeve

Many lawmakers do not realize the key issues and needs for individuals and families impacted by paralysis. That is why the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is on the front lines, educating legislators and advancing policies that result in tangible improvements. However, we cannot do it alone.

We need your voice to be a part of the dialogue and elected officials need to hear your stories.

Effective advocacy is about educating people on a specific issue and moving them to action. It begins with one person and is most effective when the messenger can communicate on a personal level. Most legislators are not experts on every issue, or even most issues. They need the information that you have -- your story -- in order to make informed policy decisions.

Becoming an advocate does not require much of your time. With a tweet, email or phone call your voice will have a lasting impact. The Reeve Foundation makes the entire process simple by flagging the most pressing issues and providing a platform for you to connect directly with your legislators.

By signing up to become an advocate, we will alert you when and how to contact legislators about specific issues including:

  • Public policies to ensure that individuals living with disabilities have access to the medical services, devices, and equipment that they need for healthy independent living.
  • New financing solutions for long-term services and support for individuals living with paralysis like home and community-based services in Medicaid.
  • Policies to protect the rights of parents living with paralysis, as well as programs to support the well-being of family caregivers.
  • Increased funding for research, including basic, rehabilitation and translational research, as well as studies on the effects of aging on people living with spinal cord injury.
  • Additional support for the development of new treatments and therapies for spinal cord injury.
  • Increased funding, access, and reimbursement of community-based health and wellness facilities that provide accessible, activity-based exercise programs for people living with paralysis.
  • Education around the impact and reach of programs through the Administration on Community Living (ACL).

Take action today and become a Reeve advocate. Together, we are stronger, louder, and unstoppable.

This project was supported, in part, by grant number 90PRRC0002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.