Mark your calendars!
33rd Annual Disability Advocacy Day
March 2, 2022
SC State House
* We meet at the North stairs (front)
9:30 a.m. - Registration Begins
9:45 a.m. - Welcome, Announcements, Opening Remarks
10:00 a.m. - SCDDSN State Director
10:15 a.m. - Keynote Speaker
10:30 a.m. - Rally
11:00 a.m - Meet with your Senators
12:30 a.m. - SC DDSN Drop-in
Tips on Advocating:
One of the most important steps we can take ahead of Disability Advocacy Day is to look up our legislators, see what committees they are on and find out how they have voted on issues we care about. With the website Open States, constituents can find bills they are interested in and also search for their legislators. To find your legislators’ voting records, we recommend searching for them on Ballotpedia. Both of these sites are great resources for any advocate to be properly informed.
Once we become informed on the issues and our legislators, we can better advocate for ourselves during the session and beyond. But Disability Advocacy Day is not the only opportunity to advocate! In fact, there are year-round opportunities. Once you have found who represents you and how they vote, feel free to reach out to them on social media or connect with them via email or phone before Disability Advocacy Day. Make sure to let them know you are a constituent in their district. Each legislator has an important voice in their chamber, and they want to hear from their communities.
One thing we must remember is that these state lawmakers are our friends and neighbors. A lot of these legislators know some information about a lot of different things, so be prepared to educate them on issues you care about. If you are planning to attend Disability Advocacy Day, feel free to invite them to join you!