Texas Parent to Parent Advocacy Training

October 22, 2015 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Texas State Capitol Building Auditorium
1100 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
Jan DiMare

Free one-day seminar which equips parents, self-advocates, family members & professionals to work with legislators and the media to affect public policy.
Topics include how to:
 Utilize Texas’ two-year legislative calendar to best advantage  Communicate with legislators
 Turn an idea into a bill
 Locate bill sponsors
 Link local parents with out-of-town parents for a united effort  Link advocacy groups for a united effort
 Testify in a bill hearing
 Create media interest
 Create ‘actions’: a press conference, rally or Town Hall Meeting  Support self-advocates within this process
The TxP2P Advocacy Network trains parents, self-advocates (youth and young adults with disabilities), siblings, extended family, friends, and interested individuals to advocate for the issue of their choice. Examples: an appropriate education, community-based issues in health and human services, accessible transportation and housing, meaningful employment. Trained advocates will have regular interaction with legislators and their staff in order to create a face to disabilities for the legislators. Advocates will receive an initial training (travel expenses will be covered) and then continuing education via on-going conference calls and webinars, along with monthly reminders via our Adopt-a-Legislator listserv.
Open to adults, self-advocates and siblings ages 10 and up who wish to learn to advocate for policy change. Parents may attend with or without their child. If youth attend alone, they must be self-sufficient or bring an attendant for needs beyond simple favors from a tablemate.
Legislative visits can be repeated for those that had to miss the morning visits to the Legislators due to taking their children to school.