COVID-19 Protocol for Disability Advocacy Day 2022
During the 33rd Annual Disability Advocacy Day event, the South Carolina Partnership of Disability Organizations (SCPDO) will be following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for large gatherings. It is important for event attendees to keep social distance (at least 6 feet) between yourself and other attendees, wear a mask, and use hand sanitizer. Please visit the CDC's website regarding large gatherings for more information or click here.
The South Carolina Partnership of Disability Organizations (SCPDO)
The South Carolina Partnership of Disability Organizations (SCPDO) is a coalition of organizations whose aim is to assure self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with severe lifelong disabilities in all aspects of society.
We invite the public, lawmakers, and community partners to attend the 33rd Annual Disability Advocacy Day on March 2, 2022 to bring about a call to action to unlock barriers to success and preserve services and supports for people with disabilities.
We will gather on the North grounds of the South Carolina State House. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with activities beginning at 9:30 a.m. Events include a walk, a rally, and speeches by community partners, self-advocates, and others.
This year's theme is Connect & Affect, and together we can connect and affect each other's lives and seek out solutions to the many challenges that face the disability community in our state.
Join us to Connect & Affect to unlock barriers and create lasting change!
Disability Advocacy Day 2022
Registration Begins at 9:00 a.m.
Click Below to Find your Legislators And Make appointments to Meet with them!
What you have to say matters!
The Share Your Story Project
The Share Your Story Project
* We meet at the North stairs (front)
9:00 a.m. Registration Begins
Welcome, Announcements, Opening Remarks (TBA)
Keynote Speaker (TBA)
Meet with your Senators (TBA)
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!