DEAF-L: How to Lobby Effectively

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Subj: State funded programs (fwd)
Date: 97-04-14 22:27:59 EDT
From: satchers@COE.UGA.EDU (Samuel R. Atcherson)
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I am writing regarding a protest that was held last March at the State Capitol in Atlanta, GA where apparently the Governor of Georgia wanted to cut from the budget the last programs that serve hearing-impaired and deaf residents in Georgia. The two programs were the Gerogia Council of the Hearing Impaired and the Georgia Registry of Interpretors for the deaf. I was present at the protest along with 300 other residents, parents, deaf educators, deaf, deaf and blind, students, hearing-impaired, etc... I'm not sure if we made any impact at all, since I haven't heard from anyone since then. Apparently, the Governor's board felt that the programs they were funding were refresher courses for interpretors and that there wasn't a need for the Council. A representative was confronted on the issue that there were approximately 500,000 deaf and hearing-impaired residents in Georgia, which accounts for approximately 10% of the population. U.S. censis proved that, but the ignorant representative replied saying that he did not expect to be that stupid. His final words were, "Get a life and take personal responsibility for your own afflictions." What a way to represent your people?? My question to you is: Does this go against what the federal law may mandate them to do? Is this kind of ignorance happening in your state? What will this do to affect the future generations? Is education about disabilities necessary for the general public? What else??

Samuel Atcherson (Hearing-impaired)
Senior in Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Georgia sathcers@coe.uga.edu

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Subj: Re: State funded programs (fwd)
Date: 97-04-15 00:21:24 EDT
From: myrtlebeachsc@JUNO.COM (George A. Adams III)
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HOW TO LOBBY EFFECTIVELY
BY George Adams III
April 9, 1997

I. DETERMINE WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO LOBBY FOR

II. WHERE TO FIND OTHER AGENCIES

III. HOW TO WRITE AND WHEN TO LOBBY

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IV. SHOULD YOU LOBBY BY YOURSELF OR GATHER SIGNATURES OF DEAF AND OTHER DISABILITY GROUPS?

V. WHAT IS YOU DON'T HEAR FROM THEM?

VI. WHAT OTHER SOURCES WILL INFLUENCE THE AGENCY OR STATE LEGISLATORS TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS?

VII. BE SURE THAT ALL DEAF AND OTHER DISABILITY GROUPS AGREE WITH YOUR CONCERNS ABOUT THE NEED TO LOBBY BEFORE YOU GO AHEAD.

VIII. WHAT IF THEY DON'T LISTEN TO THE HANDICAPPED PEOPLE?

IX. GET DISABILITY GROUPS TO CALL THE AGENCY OR LEGISLATORS TO SUPPORT THE BILL.

Identify the agency's name: House Representative Long, My name is George Adams, I would like for you to support Bill Number---------------.

Thank You,
George Adams III
OR

Identify the agency's name: Senator Long, My name is George Adams, I would like for you to support this fund for the Department of Outreach Services for the Deaf and Blind in Conway, SC.

Thank you,
George Adams III

X. WHO SHOULD BE IN CHARGE OF LOBBYING FOR RIGHTS OF DISABLED?

COMMENT: I urge all deaf/HH or other disability groups to make many copies of this guideline in HOW TO LOBBY. I hope this method will help you to succeed in lobbying. GET OUT AND FIGHT. IF NOTHING BEING SAID OR HEARD, THEN HOW CAN OTHER AGENCY KNOWS YOUR NEEDS. Then get out and lobby. Please share this vital information with other disability groups.

I hope it will benefit you.
Thank You, George Adams III

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