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.