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Educate the candidates

10/1/2010 12:00:00 AM


This year the stakes are enormous.  Therefore, CP of NYS, together with together with other similar organizations, is launching the "Educate The Candidates Campaign,” a statewide effort for our families, self-advocates, staff and board members to share our issues with legislative candidates before they are elected (or re-elected).

The entire state legislature is up for election this fall.  No candidate - incumbent or challenger - can take anything for granted, so they are listening very closely.

We urge you to use the next 5 weeks to tell the candidates about people with developmental disabilities, our needs and our priorities.

See the link at the bottom of this article to view materials which include:

  • An alert giving an overview of the campaign
  • A questionnaire you can hand deliver to candidates so that you can determine their position on key issues
  • A document to leave with candidates which contains an overview of the issues that we urge you to talk about
  • A background paper on Medicaid
  • A background paper on the workforce
  • A background paper on the need to retain a separate state office for People with Developmental Disabilities. 

This campaign is being done in coordination with all of the DD agencies.  Therefore, while we acknowledge that it is difficult, please try to coordinate your efforts, visits or events with other DD agencies in your area. 

For a comprehensive list of all candidates for the legislature see:

 (note: most candidates have websites giving contact information).

This is part of an ongoing strategy in effect for nearly a year to keep our issues, families and the people we serve visible.   

Please remember: IRS rules prohibit anyone, as part of 501 (c) (3) organizations, from conducting a political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate.  This is an educational campaign for the candidates to learn about us and for us to learn about them.   

Click on the link below for advocacy materials.

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