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Citizen Advocacy Event

October 4, 2015

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Making Your Voice Heard in Washington, D.C.

A community discussion on federal advocacy for people with developmental disabilities

Featuring Former Congressman Lee Hamilton

People with disabilities have a lot at stake. Members of the U.S. Congress and candidates for office are now discussing possible changes to Medicaid and Social Security that could threaten our lifelines. It is time to take our advocacy efforts to the national level and tell policy makers in Washington just how important these lifeline programs are to us and to our families.

Congressman Hamilton served Indiana's 9th District from 1964 to 1999. Now director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University and a Distinguished Scholar in IU's School for Global and International Studies, former Rep. Hamilton continues to educate and inform students and the public about international relations and foreign policy. He is the author of several books, including How Congress Works and Why You Should Care.

This interactive session will include:

  • Advice from Former Congressman Lee Hamilton on how to effectively advocate with our representatives in Congress. He'll explain why your voice is important and crucial.
  • Information from The Arc of the United States about its efforts to educate Congress on the impacts of possible changes in Medicaid and Social Security.
  • Guidance from staff in current 9th District Congressman Todd Young's Bloomington office about how to best communicate with your Congressman. You'll also learn Rep. Young's position on budget discussions regarding lifeline programs.
  • Information on how to take action and sign up to receive important updates.

There's no better way for you to get involved in these important discussions. These programs are truly lifelines for people with disabilities and must be preserved and strengthened.

Every voice counts. Don't let yours be silent.

This event is free & open to the public.


Thursday, October 15, 6:30 pm


IU Cyberinfrastructure Bldg
2709 E 10th St
Bloomington, IN 47408


The CIB Building is at the corner of 10th Street and the 45/46 Bypass. Parking is open in lots around the building.