How to Be an Advocate for Rural Issues: Working With State and National Legislators

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Professionals, families, and individuals with disabilities must work together to advocate for policy and legislation that will improve the lives of those with disabilities. Rural areas have unique issues that make targeted advocacy efforts necessary. While families and parents have a personal interest in advocacy, professionals have ethical principles related to advocacy they must uphold as a member of their field. This article outlines steps to use when working with state and national legislators including (a) knowing the issues, (b) identifying allies, (c) working with others, and (d) sustaining advocacy efforts. Specific tips are provided for individuals making face-to-face visits with legislators to increase chances of positive outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-127
Number of pages6
JournalRural Special Education Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018

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Publisher Copyright:
© Hammill Institute on Disabilities 2017.


  • advocacy
  • disability
  • legislature
  • rural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Development


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