Advocacy Forum

We need the power of your voice! Now’s your chance to share your story and raise your voice to advocate for our community on issues that directly affect millions of Americans! Join the Amputee Coalition for our Annual Advocacy Forum event (formerly Hill Day) on April 26-28, 2020, as we gather in Washington, D.C. for advocacy training and to talk with elected officials about issues that affect people with limb loss and limb difference.

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Hotel/Transportation

We have secured a block of rooms for participants at the Courtyard Washington Downtown/Convention Center at a discounted rate of $173.00/night plus tax. A special reservation link will be provided in your event registration confirmation, which will allow you to book your room at the discounted rate. For more about this venue, please visit the Courtyard website.

Transportation will be provided between the hotel and Capitol Hill.

Advocacy Forum Preliminary Agenda

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Lead Advocate Welcome Luncheon
This session is open for current trained Lead Advocates to discuss ongoing work and efforts in states, as well as roles and opportunities available for Lead Advocates during the Advocacy Forum.

State of the States
Lead Advocates will present on their state efforts, what they are working on, what they’re interested in working on, as well as  discussions for collaboration and support to further improve the Lead Advocate Program.

First Timer’s Program
This session is specially tailored for first time attendees to learn more about how to use policy and advocacy to advance issues for the limb loss and limb difference community and what advocacy means.

Advocacy Forum Overview
This session will introduce all participants to the Amputee Coalition’s Advocacy Forum, policy priorities, and logistics for the duration of the Forum.

Reception
Advocates will have the chance to mingle and celebrate policy accomplishments.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Opening Session
Discover the Amputee Coalition’s five-year strategic plan and how advocacy plays a central role in elevating the community.  Learn about our updated policy agenda, and how we believe we can improve access to better care and resources for the community.

Overview Refresh
We’ll have an opportunity to walk through the agenda and refresh on Advocacy Forum logistics.

Break

Advocacy Training Breakout Session 1
Learn more about our legislative priorities and how you can start to build your message and connect your story to the issues.

Luncheon with Panel

Advocacy Training Breakout Session 2
This session will provide you with information on what to expect in your hill visit and how you can be successful.

State Group Coordination and Practice
The key to being successful is being prepared.  During this time, you’ll get with other attendees who will be attending visits with you to practice and go over how you plan to navigate a successful hill visit.

Reception and Dinner

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

7am-7:30am

Breakfast

7:30am-8am

Overview and refresh

8am-8:30am

Bus travel to Capitol Hill

9am-4pm

Hill Meetings Scheduled

5pm-5:30pm

Bus back to Hotel

If you have questions about the Advocacy Forum, please visit our FAQ page or contact us at amplify@amputee-coalition.org or toll-free at 888.267.5669, ext. 7104.

We look forward to seeing you in D.C.!