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2012 Influencing Federal and State Policy


In this sixth session of DC Advocacy Partners, participants will:

  • be able to identify critical city and federal issues and the process by which they can personally address their concerns.
  • be able to describe how a bill becomes a law at the city and federal levels.
  • be able to identify the best ways to advocate for policy change at the city and federal levels.
  • be able to prepare for meetings and delivering testimony to members or staff at the City Council and Congressional levels.
  • be able to advocate at the city and federal levels through written communication such as letters, postcards, and e-mails.




Matt Rosen

T.J. Sutcliffe

Doreen Hodges

Melody Latimer


Partial List of Resources on Influencing State and Federal Policy


Volunteering on a Political Campaign, An Article by Nick Ragone


Influencing Elected Officials & Decision Makers, a PowerPoint presentation by Matt Rosen and T.J. Sutcliffe


A Guide to Legislative Advocacy, from the National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth (NCLD)


Council Directory of the District of Columbia


Agency Oversight by Council Committee

Word; PDF

Overview of the Developmental Disabilities Reform Act

Word Regular FontWord Large Print

Summary of New Needs Assessment of DC Residents with I/DD

Word; PDF


This collection of videos is from a longer DVD called How to Lobby the PTA Way.


There are 5 options to choose for homework. Your homework is due at the next session on July 13, 2012.


Long Term Project Planning

These two pages have questions to help you with the planning for your Long Term Project, which is due no later than September 14.