Disability Rights Advocacy

Advocate

The Arc of New River Valley works locally and statewide to support The Arc of Virginia’s legislative priorities. The short Virginia General Assembly season is an especially active time, with Lobby Day in Richmond, meetings with state representatives and calls to you, our supporters, to make your voices heard. Click the buttons below to see The Arc of Virginia’s legislative priorities and the new Action Center which makes it easier to add your voice!

tHE aRC’S POSITION

Racial Justice

The Arc of the New River Valley, the Arc of Virginia, and the Arc of the US call on our nation’s leaders to dismantle racism, end discrimination, and to honor, protect, and enforce the civil and human rights of all people!

Virtual

Zoom Advocacy

2020 pushed everything online, including our advocacy during the Virginia General Assembly’s 2020 emergency session and the regular 2021 session. We used The Arc of Virginia’s new Action Center extensively to encourage our community to engage with their represenatives around disability issues. The Arc of the New River Valley showed up and outperformed other chapters statewide in Zoom meetings with state representatives. We’re so proud of you!

Richmond, VA

Lobby Day

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 the New River Valley to ask for their support on issues coming before the General Assembly affecting people with disabilities.  Face-to-face meetings are the most effective way to gain support. We also make additional visits to Richmond when The Arc of Virginia calls for advocacy help on an important bill or resolution before the General Assembly.

Local

Visits with 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.

Your Inbox

Email Blasts

The Arc of the New River Valley works actively during the Virginia General Assembly session to respond to daily changes in the Assembly and to mobilize our networks to call and email your representatives as particular bills and resolutions of concern to people with disabilities come up for vote. Often, our action window is very narrow and we often don’t know until the end of the day that a bill will be up for vote the next morning!

The Arc of Virginia works hard to keep us up to date and we in turn work hard to keep you up to date!

Your Story

Add Your Voice

Self-advocacy is a growing trend. Who better to tell the stories, challenges, and needs of people with disabilities than people with disabilities and their families? We’ve created some resources for telling your story, writing your legislators, and visiting them too!

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