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Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on September 30, 2015 # Advocacy and Policy

"I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. They are the real heroes, and so are the families and friends who stood by them." - Christopher Reeve

These words open the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation advocacy page.

Here are some more words you might recognize:

Congress shall make no law… abridging… the right of the people… to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

These words mean that YOU have a constitutionally guaranteed right to contact your government about issues impacting your life. Ever since the First Congress of the United States in wrote those words into the Bill of Rights in 1789, we have fought for the laws to protect that right. If you call and politely ask for an appointment or time on the phone, you’ll get it. You can call, tweet, Facebook, and visit your members of Congress or their staff. Your Senator or Representative maintains at least one office in your state or district, and visiting those offices is just as important as visiting Capitol Hill.

You have more power than you know. Reeve Foundation advocates in Washington are working for you every day, but need your help. Members of Congress need to hear from YOU about what they can do better for people with paralysis. No one knows more about the needs of people with paralysis than the individuals living with it every day. How can Congress make the right decisions if they haven’t heard your story?

At the Reeve Foundation, we are working on a legislative effort and need your help educating Congress. In recent years, Medicare has taken several actions that have restricted access to the complex and individually configured wheelchairs that people with paralysis need to live healthy and independent lives. The latest restriction will take effect January 1, 2016. The Reeve Foundation is supporting two bills that would reverse these decisions and make sure people with paralysis can get the equipment they need. Right now, we are trying to get more members of Congress to commit to supporting the bill. The more commitments we can get from members of Congress – called co-sponsorship – the higher it rises as a priority on the Congressional agenda. You can learn more and take action with the action alert we sent out in August.

This is the moment to use your voice and share your story. If we work together, we can ensure that people living with paralysis can lead healthy and independent lives with the equipment they need.