The Oregon DD Coalition created Grassroots Oregon (GO!) Project in July 2004 to connect regional advocates, identify issues of concern in communities statewide, and provide technical assistance regarding issues related to individuals with developmental disabilities.
The GO! Project strives to help people with disabilities and their families educate others – including the general public, state and local government officials, and public agency staff – about their stories, their concerns, and the impact of policies effecting people who experience developmental disabilities.
The GO! Project provides an information clearinghouse on state DD issues by maintaining the Oregon DD Coalition website and related materials as well as sending out email bulletins. GO! is also building a strong network of Oregonians concerned with issues related to people with developmental disabilities through grassroots organizing and training activities. The project works to make sure the perspectives of people with developmental disabilities are represented in statewide forums and discussions about funding and policies.
GO! Advocacy Activities
Find your legislators.
Go to www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts.html and type in your home address to get the name and contact information of your State Senator and State Representative.
Research your legislator.
To establish a real connection with your two state legislators, start by learning more about them through their website and social media pages.
Send a personal email of introduction to your two state legislators.
Introduce yourself and provide a short description of your experience related to developmental disabilities. Explain that you are a part of the Oregon DD Coalition’s GO Project, are their constituent, and will be in contact throughout the legislative session. Invite your legislator to meet with you in the next few weeks. Finish the email with your name, home address, and any additional contact information.
E-Subscribe to your legislator’s online newsletters.
Go to the state legislature website www.leg.state.or.us, and click on “eSubscribe” button on the bottom left of the screen to sign up for your legislator’s announcements. You will receive important information such as announcements for legislator coffee meetings and events in your local community.
Schedule a visit with your two state legislators.
Request a visit (online) to discuss how DD Services makes a positive impact on your life and to advocate for the services that are most important to you.
Print & GO Photo Rally Sign.
Have a picture of yourself taken holding a Print & GO Photo Rally Sign then post the picture on the Coalition’s Facebook Page and email the picture with a short greeting to your two state legislators.
DD Coalition You Tube Channel
Visit and Subscribe to our Coalition You Tube Channel to view advocacy videos, including an Introduction to the GO! Project | Why Is Advocacy Important? | Developing Your Message | Making a Legislative Appointment | Preparing For a Virtual Visit | Expecting the Unexpected | After the Legislative Visit | Advocacy Via Email | 2021 Legislative Advocacy Training Series
The Oregon DD Coalition advocates for DD services on behalf of and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and support organizations in Oregon.
We influence DD service and community support systems and legislation by communicating with a common, consistent voice – creating better opportunities for Oregonians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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