What is Advocacy?
Advocacy is an action or activity by a person or group for the purpose of making some type of change, including political and social changes. The Arc of Northern Shenandoah Valley serves as an advocacy organization seeking to create "A Life Like Yours" for all Virginians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
How Does The Arc of Northern Shenandoah Valley Advocate?
The Arc advocates on many levels, including:
Working one-to-one with families by providing information and referrals specific to the needs of the family to change their circumstances;
State-wide advocacy which includes meeting with state legislative officials on issues important to families, such as community-based services, additional funding for waivers, special education and more; and
Combining forces with families on the national level on issues that are impacted by federal legislation, including Medicaid, Social Security Disability benefits, IDEA, housing and food assistance.
Public Policy Priorities
How You Can Be a Part of Our Movement
There are many ways you can share in The Arc's movement toward "A Life Like Yours". Some examples include:
Sign up for our Legislative Action Team! Receive emails about important issues in real-time and contact your legislators to ask them to support or not support a specific piece of legislation;
Attend or host a town hall event with your local legislators;
Meet with your legislators and provide information on topics important to you and/or your loved one; and
Educate members of your community on issues important to families impacted by developmental disabilities.