Here, your voice matters.
Part of enhancing the lives of individuals with autism is ensuring that our laws and public policies support families living with autism. That is why AuSM is committed to being your voice at the Minnesota legislature as well as creating public policy by maintaining a presence on key committees, task forces and organizations. Please act on the following alerts, letting decision-makers know that the Minnesota autism community is active, engaged and ready to speak out.
- Questions for State Candidates 2012
- Addressing Bullying and Harassment in Schools
- Protection of Critical Special Education Laws and Regulations
- Promoting Alternatives to Prone Restraints in Schools
- Insurance Coverage (available soon)
- Housing/Residential (available soon)
- Employment (available soon)
How to Effectively Communicate with Your Legislator
Finding Out Who Your Legislators Are
Nothing is more powerful than your voice when it comes to contacting your legislator. First, find out who your legislator is and how to contact them. For Minnesota, click here to find your state legislators. To find your Federal legislators, click here.
The Minnesota Safe Schools For All Coalition is a group of education, disability, youth, faith, civil rights, and social service organizations, as well as individuals, who support the passage of comprehensive anti-bullying legislation to strengthen existing Minnesota’s inadequate bullying and harassment law. The Coalition believes that all students deserve a safe schools environment free from bullying and harassment.
The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities provides information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Partners in Policymaking is a leadership training program for parents of young children with developmental disabilities and adults with disabilities. The program, created by the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, teaches leadership skills, and the process of developing positive partnerships with those who make policy decisions about services.
The Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities is a broad-based coalition of more than 100 organizations representing persons with disabilities, providers and advocates, dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities. MN-CCD addresses public policy issues that affect people with disabilities by collaborating with others, advocating, educating, influencing change and creating awareness for understanding. AuSM is a coalition member.
The Coalition for Children with Disabilities is comprised of eight statewide organizations representing over 121,000 children with disabilities in Minnesota. The Coalition is dedicated to protecting the rights and services of children with disabilities and their families. Through their collective experience, the Coalition is able to work for solutions to address problems and concerns related to special education. AuSM is a coalition member.
The Arc Minnesota is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and actively support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. AuSM and The Arc MN collaborate on many advocacy efforts, and The Arc MN website public policy page has information on current issues affecting individuals with I/DD and tips for sharing personal stories with policymakers.
The Minnesota Legislature website has many useful methods for finding information that a good advocate needs. Helpful features include Who Represents Me, Bill Search and Status, My Bills, Combined Meetings and many more.