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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.

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