Be Vocal

You Heard Me! Go Be Heard! (non calendar events below)

Action: The Disability Collection

People with disabilities make up about 20% of the population, but are featured in less than 2% of the images we see in the media. The images we see are far from real, and far from enough. Let’s change that.

Action: Disability Mentoring Day

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) is a large-scale national effort coordinated by AAPD to promote career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through hands-on career exploration and ongoing mentoring relationships.

Action: REV UP Your Community – New Resources Available

New REV UP Campaign resources – National Disability Voter Registration Week Toolkit, Candidate Questionnaire Template, and Candidate Forum Guide – are available to help advocates register, educate, and engage voters with disabilities.

Action: Share Your Story (

Our nation is at a crossroads—while we have made amazing advances in treatment for all kinds of conditions, accessing health care remains out of reach or a struggle for many.

At Families USA, we envision a nation where the best health and health care are equally accessible to all. A key part of our work is bringing to light and elevating the voices of health care consumers all across the country.

And to do that, we need to hear from you.

Action: Share Your Story (Save My Care)

The Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans’ changes have already resulted in costs going up for millions of families and leaving millions more uninsured. If your health care costs have increased as a result of the Republican changes to health care, please share your story today.

Your story matters — tell us how Republican health care sabotage has affected your premiums and health care costs.

Action: Tell Your Story: Why Medicaid Matters to Me

Your Congressional Representatives and Senators need to know the impact Medicaid has on people’s lives – and they need to know now. They know that Medicaid provides health coverage but may not realize all the other things Medicaid does, like funding In-Home Support Services (IHSS).

If you or someone you know relies on Medicaid-paid services as described above — or will in the future — take these two easy steps:

  1. Think about “Why Medicaid Matters to Me.”
  2. Share your story here — briefly tell us the positive impact healthcare services and community supports have had on your life or the life of someone you care about. For example, how have Regional Center services helped you stay healthy, get or keep a job, live on your own, or do the things you want.

Check out this video from the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities explaining why it’s important to share your story.

Activism: We Can’t Breathe: The Deaf & Disabled Margin of Police Brutality Project

Throughout history, Deaf and Disabled people have been criminalized for their mere existence. The relationship between Deaf and Disabled people and the U.S. criminal and medical system begins with filthy institutions, isolation, experiments, pity, and murder. Over the years, Deaf and Disabled people have fought to transform their public image, receive human recognition, and gain access to civil rights such as public transportation, education, safety, and employment. In furtherance of this fight, Deaf and Disabled people have created a culture based on philosophies such as “No Pity,” “Nothing About Us, Without Us,” and “Independent Living.”

Input: — Make a difference. Submit your comments and let your voice be heard.