After significant consideration, the Amputee Coalition has decided to cancel the in-person part of the 2020 Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C. originally scheduled for April 26-28. With the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) a global pandemic, we want to act with an abundance of caution and not put anyone at risk by having to travel or be in large groups and event spaces. We have been in close communication with other advocacy organizations and our colleagues on Capitol Hill, and I know this is the best decision we can make for our community.
As you may be aware, we are, sadly, in good company. The Alzheimer’s Association, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and many other patient and provider organizations have canceled their upcoming events. And, many more cancellations are expected after the US Senate announced today that all Senate offices are now closed to outside visitors.
We are working on plans for a “Hill Day from Home” and virtual advocacy forum where advocates can let their voices be heard through action alerts, email, phone calls, and social media messages. We are also working to find a platform where we can share our educational sessions online with you, so that we can keep our advocacy program moving forward.
Please keep an eye on your email inboxes, our social media channels, and our website for announcements about our future plans for taking all or part of our Advocacy Forum online, and how you can participate in “Hill Day from Home”.