You may have heard that registration for the 2023 Advocacy Forum opened today, and we’re back in person! Amputee Coalition’s Events Specialist, Damita Frye, and Chief Programs Officer, Ashlie White, share their thoughts about the new and reimagined Advocacy Forum and why you should attend and share your story with Members of Congress.
What is Advocacy Forum?
Your voice is the most powerful tool for change. Advocacy Forum is an opportunity to unite as a community to amplify our voices for maximum impact. Previously known as Amputee Coalition Hill Day, Advocacy Forum is an opportunity to learn about the policy issues impacting your lives as individuals living with limb loss or limb difference and to learn how to tell your story as an advocate for yourself and/or others in the community.
Where will Advocacy Forum be held?
This year’s Advocacy Forum will be held at the beautiful Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22311. The hotel is conveniently located 5 miles from Reagan National Airport and the Metro blue and yellow line subway.
What will be new about Advocacy Forum in 2023?
We have put together an event that will be a showstopper for attendees. We will have something for everyone to prepare you for advocating on Hill Day! Visit the lively exhibit hall, attend the great Welcome Reception with music, and participate in morning activities such as Yoga and walking.
What will I learn?
Healthcare in the US is complicated, but you do not have to be an expert to be an advocate. Every voice matters! So, at Advocacy Forum, you’ll have an opportunity to learn about the challenges that make the system seem so broken and the solutions that the Amputee Coalition and other disability rights organizations are working on to create positive change in the lives of individuals living with limb loss and limb difference.
Who will be there?
We want you there! We also expect many of the Amputee Coalition Lead Advocates (individuals who have completed Lead Advocate training and attend regular Lead Advocate calls) to attend. They have been the driving force for policy change in the limb loss and limb difference community since the beginning of the program. We are grateful for all their efforts to advocate on behalf of the community. Additionally, some of the leading disability advocates in Washington, DC, will be there to share their experiences and advice. We also expect some of our community partners and provider advocates to attend to support your advocacy efforts.
How can I get involved as an advocate if I cannot attend?
Amputee Coalition provides advocacy opportunities year-round, including our Lead Advocate Program and quarterly All-Advocate calls. We understand that you may not be able to attend for many reasons. We welcome your feedback and/or thoughts about ways we can support you as an advocate for the limb loss/limb difference community.
Registration is now open. Register today to make your voice heard!