You don’t have to be a lobbyist to make a difference for yourself and the limb loss and limb difference community! You can start advocating today right where you are. Join us every Wednesday throughout April for various Virtual Advocacy Forum events. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the many ways to make your voice heard and ask questions of presenters.
The Advocacy Forum provides the Amputee Coalition’s volunteers special training about the latest issues facing the limb loss and limb difference community, important policy priorities, and skills required to be effective advocates. Register Today!
April Advocacy Forum Virtual Workshops
Advocacy 101 Virtual Workshop
April 5, 4 p.m. Eastern
Speakers: Peter Thomas, JD; Kyle Stepp; Whitney Doyle, MNM, CNP, CP; Dante’ Daniel, PhD; Ryan Geddie
Whether you’re new to advocacy or want to refresh your skills, this session provides a deep dive into advocacy basics. Explore your role as an advocate on all levels, including self-advocacy, group advocacy, and systems change advocacy. Advocates will share their tips to demystify the process, allowing you to find your comfort level within the advocacy space.
Power of Personal Narrative – Connecting Your Personal Story to Your Advocacy Work
April 12, 4 p.m. Eastern
Speaker: John Register
Telling your story creates a meaningful connection between a personal experience and the need for change. Whether you are self-advocating for your healthcare insurance coverage or trying to change federal law, your personal story is integral to creating change through advocacy. 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 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. There will be time for Q&A.
Finding Your Voice: Career Pathways Workshop
April 26, 4 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. Feel free to send a resume, cover letter, or personal story in advance for a breakout session in which AC team members will provide guided reviews.
An advocacy training activity will be held at our national office in Washington, D.C., for members of the limb loss and limb difference community who had registered to attend the Advocacy Forum in person this year. We will provide opportunities for targeted virtual Hill meetings with members of Congress and their staff who serve on committees that oversee policy work that supports our community.