Iowa Advocacy Connection - 2016 Issue 4

Issue 12, 12/29/2016

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Advocating for Change Day

Join us for the 2017 Advocating for Change Day on April 5, 2017. Before heading up to the Capitol to meet with your legislators, you will have the opportunity to attend a special training session where you will learn about the legislative process and how to effectively develop and deliver your message. We will also provide tips and strategies for the best ways to contact your legislators while you are at the Capitol and after you head back home.

At the Capitol you will be able to meet with your legislators and other elected officials and attend an afternoon rally. Throughout the day you will see the legislative process in action by attending committee meetings or watching a debate from the galleries (when the Senate and/or House are in session). If you are planning to attend Advocating for Change Day, we encourage you to let your legislators know and set a specific time to meet them after your training session is complete.

If you need to look up your legislators, visit the infoNET website and click on “Take Action.” You will be taken to the Grassroots Action Center where you can look up who your legislators are. You can even email them directly from this page.

Registration for Advocating for Change Day will be available on February 1 on the ID Action website. If you have any questions, call us at 866-432-2846 or email us at

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The 2017 legislative session will begin on January 9. You can stay up-to-date on the issues with infoNET, Iowa’s disability policy resource. It is a free publication for people of all abilities who want to become more informed and effective advocates. The publication and network of resources help advocates with disabilities by:

  • Letting you know what the Legislature is up to — and what you can do to influence their decisions.
  • Keeping tabs on the governor's office and state agency initiatives.
  • Reporting on what's going on in the U.S. Congress.
  • Suggesting ways to make you more effective in your advocacy.
  • Providing tips to make your message powerful and persuasive.
  • Reporting objectively on public policy being discussed.
  • Tracking legislation introduced.
  • Showing how your legislators voted on key issues.
  • Connecting you with other advocates using social media, online training and community conversations.
  • Giving you the tools to help you become a better advocate.
  • Letting you know when there are opportunities to bring your issue to the attention of lawmakers and opinion leaders.

Get our policy news sent directly to your inbox or mailbox by registering with ID Action. There is no cost, and all registrants will receive a free copy of the 2017-2018 Guide to the Iowa Legislature. If you would like to start receiving infoNET, please either call us at 866-432-2846 or email us at

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Grassroots Action Center

ID Action’s public policy publication, infoNET, provides you with an easy way to connect with your legislators through the Grassroots Advocacy Center. You do not need to know the names of your legislators, the governor or the people that represent you in the U.S. Congress. If you know your address, our Grassroots Advocacy Center will match you to your elected officials and automatically find their email addresses for you. All you need to do is write your message and hit "send." It's just that easy, so try it out this year—click here to get started.

You can use our Grassroots Action Center to:

  • Email the president, Congress, governor, your state senator and state representative easily here.
  • Not sure if your issue is federal or state?  Email us.
  • Not sure who represents you? No problem. Our Grassroots Action Center will find out for you! (or you can click here).

You can learn how to use the Grassroots Action Center by viewing this video on the ID Action website: Click here to watch.

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Advocacy Tool - Message Worksheet

Need help telling your story and crafting your message? At ID Action we talk all the time about how important it is to effectively tell your story and share your message. So we want to make sure you have the tools you need to put your message and story together. Here is a tool that will help you:

ID Action's Message Worksheet

You can download a version of the message worksheet at You will find lots of useful information and videos other advocates have made to help you get started.

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2017 Make Your Mark! Conference

Mark your calendars now to save the date for the 2017 Make Your Mark! Conference. We are excited to announce that next year’s conference will be held September 20-22, 2017, at Honey Creek Resort.

The Make Your Mark! Conference is a self-advocacy conference that provides an opportunity for Iowans with disabilities to learn and grow as advocates. Who should attend? Iowans with disabilities that want to make a difference in their community or state.

Watch for more details in the coming months.

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We Want You!

Do you or someone you know have a story you would like to share? We are looking for individuals with disabilities who would be willing to share their story.

Sharing your story is a powerful step. You could further your message and encourage others to join in or inspire someone to get more involved in their own community. Your story can make a difference!

The types of stories we love:

  • Employment
  • Advocacy experiences/successes
  • Inclusion
  • Inspiring personal stories

Help us educate, encourage and inspire others to create positive change. If interested, send us an email at or give us a call at 866-432-2846 and let us know what you have in mind.

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Legislative Advocacy: What now?

Now that the election is over, have you found yourself wondering what you can do? The good news is your work as an advocate doesn’t have to come to an end, too. In fact, now is just the time to start digging in and really getting your message out there.

With the legislative session beginning January 9, you should consider reaching out to your legislators now. Some of you may have new legislators. That means they probably haven’t heard your story. If you have the same legislators, they need to know that your issues are still important. Remember, your legislators work for you; if you don’t talk to them, they won’t know what issues are important to you.

Be sure take a look at the Advocacy Tool article, which has information about our message worksheet so you can work on crafting your message. The clearer and more understandable your story is, the more effective you can be.

In this issue, you will find a few ways you can stay active in your advocacy efforts. Over the next couple of months, we will be sharing more ways you can continue your advocacy efforts. You can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #IAinaction. 

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