Helping The Community through Disability Rights Advocacy
The Arc of New River Valley meets with local and state legislators to support the Arc of VA legislative and policy agendas. We keep our members and friends informed about disability issues before the Virginia General Assembly.
Every January, while the Virginia General Assembly is in session, members of the Arc of the New River Valley join advocates from all over the state in Richmond for the Arc of Virginia Lobby Day.
We visit Delegates and Senators who represent areas in the New River Valley to ask for their support on issues coming before the General Assembly affecting adults and children with disabilities. Face to face meetings are the most effective way to gain their support. Members of the Arc of the New River Valley also make additional visits to Richmond when the Arc of VA calls for advocacy help on an important bill or resolution before the General Assembly.
VISITS TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEMBERS
The Arc of the New River Valley stays in touch with our Delegates and Senator even when the General Assembly is not in session through phone calls, emails and visits to their local offices.
We want to keep them up to date on our concerns and ideas for statutory and policy changes that would improve the lives of their constituents with disabilities.
The Arc of Virginia sends requests for emails and phone calls to Virginia Delegates and Senators or to US Congress members as particular bills and resolutions of concern to people with disabilities move through the General Assembly or Congress.
The Arc of the New River Valley sends the requests for action along to our membership and email list. Just last year, Arc members in Virginia responded by the thousands to help stop Congress’s effort to drastically cut Medicaid. Their efforts failed, but the fight is ongoing.