CEMM Virtual Library

The Caregiver's Journey

Speaking Up for Your Family Member

  1. Identify yourself — State your name and identify yourself as a caregiver/ constituent.
  2. Be specific — Clearly describe the issue and state your goals. If you are advocating on behalf of proposed legislation, include the name and number of the relevant bill.
  3. Make it personal — The best thing you can do as an advocate is to give the issue your individual voice. Use personal examples and speak in your own words.
  4. Be confident — You may also know more about the issue than the person to whom you are advocating. That is why it is a good idea to offer yourself as a source of information.
  5. Be polite — Always work on the basis that your opponents are open to reason and discussion. If you are rude, your message will not be received.
  6. Be brief — Communication that focuses strongly on one argument is the most effective. Keep it to one issue. Limit written documents to one page.
  7. Be timely — Your message is more likely to be considered if it is immediately relevant.
  8. Be factual — Use facts and statistics. Make sure the information you provide is accurate.

Please fill out the following survey.

Which programs do you find the most useful? (Please select all that apply.):

Which programs do you find the least useful? (Please select all that apply.):

Will you be talking to your healthcare provider about the information you found on Traumatic Brain Injury A to Z?:

How does your visit to the Traumatic Brain Injury A to Z site affect your level of confidence and empowerment to manage your health?:

How do you rate the Traumatic Brain Injury A to Z site?:

 Security code