Changemakers! We are officially in the first week of Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month, and the first Advocacy Forum virtual workshop will be held today, April 5!
There is still time to register for today’s Advocacy 101 Virtual Workshop during which Amputee Coalition staff and advocates will help you understand the basics and give you the tools to engage in your advocacy work. Standing up for the rights of people with limb loss and limb difference is a powerful way to increase the visibility of our community members and awareness of disparities that need to be addressed. If you are passionate about empowering yourself and others in our community, you won’t want to miss a single webinar in this highly anticipated lineup. Take the first step by registering today!
Advocacy Forum Virtual Workshops
Advocacy 101 Virtual Workshop – April 5, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern
Speakers: Peter Thomas, JD; Kyle Stepp; Whitney Doyle, MNM, CNP, CP; Dante’ Daniel, PhD; Ryan Geddie
Take a deep dive into advocacy basics! Explore your role as an advocate on all levels, including self-advocacy, group advocacy, and systems change advocacy.
Power of Personal Narrative – Connecting Your Personal Story to Your Advocacy Work – April 12, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern
Speaker: John Register
Attendees will learn to tell their personal stories effectively, connecting the dots from personal experience to actionable change.
Breaking Into Workforce Development – April 19, 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Eastern
Speaker: Trenaya Reid
This training/workshop session includes an overview of the Amputee Coalition’s Workforce Development Program and its job board platform. There also will be an overview of the programs and services offered through a nationwide government program called Vocational Rehabilitation.
Finding Your Voice: Career Pathways Workshop – April 26, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern
Speakers: Trenaya Reid, Ryan Geddie, Lucas DeLuca
Curious about navigating a career with a disability? Join AC team members as they discuss their personal journeys. This session will provide practical insight into a range of career paths, accommodation needs, and resources.
We are also excited to announce that only four days into LLLDAM we already have proclamations from nine states and counting!
Amputee Coalition advocates have been hard at work fighting for the rights of the limb loss and limb difference community. Recently, Kim Steele from Georgia and Shawn Faessler from Wisconsin were successful in securing formal recognition, in the form of gubernatorial proclamations, of Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month. This kind of grassroots advocacy is the backbone of our legislative efforts. The more states that recognize this community in the form of a Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month proclamation, the more power we have as a community to make change at the state level.
To get started, visit the Advocacy & Awareness landing page, where we have provided you with draft proclamation language, step-by-step instructions, and submission information for all 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico. Helping to secure statewide recognition of Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month will go a long way to benefiting the community as a whole.