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 level.
  • 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.


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Matt Rosen

Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, The Arc of DC

Allison Wohl

Executive Director, Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination

Edwin Canizalez

Events and Training Manager, TASH


Partial List of Resources on Influencing State and Federal Policy

Volunteering on a Political Campaign

Federal Legislative Process, adapted from

DC (Local) Legislative Process, adapted from the Council of the District of Columbia


Session 6: Testimony Activity: Impact of SSI and Medicaid


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Long-Term Project

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