Our advocacy work focuses on facilitating the advocacy done by family members and autistic adults and helping them share their stories.
Our advocacy work includes:
Disability Candidate Forums
Thank you to everyone who attended our Disability Candidate Forums throughout May of 2019! We had a great turn-out and wonderful discussions with our various state and local candidates running for Virginia State Senate, House, Commonwealth Attorney, & Board of Supervisors. Stay tuned for more Candidate Forums coming this Fall before the next election! To stay informed of upcoming candidate forums, join the ASNV e-mail list.
What are the Disability Candidate Forums? Disability Forums are small, private candidate forums that give the local developmental disability community a place to advocate for their needs to local and state candidates willing to listen! Candidates running for office discuss their views on disability-related issues important to the autism community. Attendees have the unique opportunity to both educate the candidates on the needs of the local autism community and share their personal stories. Attendees are not required to talk and do not need to reside in a particular candidate's district to attend. The autism community needs people to simply show up to represent our community at the forums and show the candidates our community wants change!
Our Advocacy trainings help YOU learn more about advocacy work so that you can effectively advocate for yourself, your family, and/or other members of the ASNV community. ASNV's Advocacy Committee hosted an autism advocacy training earlier this year! Attendees learned about effective advocacy from a Virginia State Delegate as well as how to best advocate in the school system from an experienced Educational Advocate. The training also covered current pressing autism advocacy issues, advocacy at the community and state level, and preparing for DD Advocacy Day! To stay informed of upcoming trainings, join our e-mail list.
Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Day
ASNV had a great time advocating in Richmond on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 with our families, self-advocates, and The Arc! Advocates from the developmental disability community statewide met us down at our state capitol to voice our concerns to state legislators. We made important demands for the Virginia autism community, including more funding to end the Waiver wait list for Priority One individuals in crisis, sufficient Waiver rates to improve autism supports in the least restrictive environment, as well as inclusive education that meets the needs of children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. Most importantly, we shared our stories, giving our representatives the opportunity to hear about how state legislation directly impacts their constituents and how their support can improve the future for the autism community. Thank you to everyone who attended and shared your stories!
Every year, we join our partners at the Arc of Virginia and head to Richmond for a day of state advocacy. Why advocate with us? Virginia continues to fall behind in providing services to people with developmental disabilities. We are not in compliance with our Dept. of Justice settlement agreement, our waiting list for Medicaid Waivers has ballooned to over 12,000 people and we're facing budget cuts. More than ever, we need you! To stay informed of future Advocacy Days, subscribe to our mailing list below.
Autism Society Day on the Hill
Our next Day on the Hill is Thursday, July 11th, 2019. Please consider joining ASNV and other chapters of Autism Society nationwide at Capitol Hill for a day of federal autism advocacy! Click here to sign up to attend! To ask questions (i.e. what to expect, tips on sharing your story) click here to email the Advocacy Committee Chair.
Autism Society of America's Day on the Hill is where passion meets strategic public policy and advocacy. Each year, affiliate leaders, national board members, Autism Society volunteers, and staff descend upon the Nation’s Capitol to educate Congressional leaders, policymakers, and legislative staff on critical issues and laws of great importance to the autism community.
Whether it's an advocacy day, writing letters to your senator or representative, or coming to a town hall, we need your support! Sign up for our advocacy alerts to join us in our fight for autism acceptance.
Every year, the Virginia Ability Alliance, a group of disability nonprofit organizations of which ASNV is a part, send out surveys to candidates running for public office. The surveys ask about the candidates' views on inclusion, funding for disability services, their own experience with disability, and more.
You can view the responses to the 2015 Candidate Questionnaires by clicking here.