Rally Support for Rehabilitation Research

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on May 27, 2015 # Advocacy and Policy

Make a Difference! Contact your Member of Congress and ask them to support rehabilitation research at the NIH.

We have been updating you over the past couple of weeks about the "Enhancing the Stature and Visibility of Medical Rehabilitation Research at the NIH Act." (S. 800 and H.R. 1631) that will coordinate, streamline, and maximize rehabilitation research priorities across the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The legislation is bipartisan, budget neutral, and has been fully vetted with NIH officials, rehabilitation research organizations, clinical associations, and disability and consumer groups.

You can help rally support for this bill, here's how:

- Email your Member of Congress and urge them to sign on as a cosponsor of S.800/H.R.1631. We make it easy here!

- Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121

Ask the operator to be connected to your member of Congress.

Here are some talking points to mention when reaching out to your representative:

Note: The more personal you make your message, the more impact it will have.

- Hello, as someone personally connected to spinal cord injury and paralysis I know firsthand the importance of the work being done at NIH and we need your support.

- Right now, a bill has been introduced that will streamline rehabilitation research and maximize the current federal investment.

- Not only does this legislation help raise the stature of rehabilitation research -- it is also budget neutral.

- Please sign on and support S.800/H.R.1631 - legislation to enhance the stature and visibility of medical rehabilitation research at NIH.

- On behalf of the 5.6 million Americans living with paralysis and those that care for them -- thank you.

- I look forward to hearing from you.

Remember your voice is important and we can raise the volume on this critical issue.

Together, we achieve more -- act now!