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Advocates can work on behalf of promoting global issues such as state and federal health care programs. They can also play a critical role in individual patient / family focused issues including insurance, school and access to resources. There are many resources to help parents and health care providers become effective advocates.
One way to have your voice heard is to contact your state or federal legislator. Representatives want to know opinions on upcoming issues and legislation in order to serve their districts effectively. The following resources can help you determine your representatives in the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana Legislature as well as your representatives in Congress. As consumers and voters, family opinions and concerns have great influence with politicians and program directors.
News concerning state legislatures and state governments often receives little coverage. You can keep current on what is happening in the nation's state capitols that may affect you and your child with special needs. Your input is important and can make a difference:
Writing to your representatives is an important way of letting them know your opinions about pending legislation. Letters and emails to your representatives can be vital in influencing how they vote.
Many organizations have information, strategies and web site links to useful resources that can help you advocate for your child.
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