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Off Season Advocacy

The Missouri Legislature meets from January to May of every year. During their off season, many policymakers return to their home districts, and in some cases, to their other job. The months of June to December are a critical time to schedule one-on-one meetings with your legislator. Invite them to a BBQ, ask them to meet you for coffee, follow them on social media, or send them an invitation to a St. Louis Arc event.

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Meeting with Legislators

Are you interested in hosting or attending a meeting with your Missouri Legislator to discuss important issues affecting you and your family? Throughout the fall months, the Arc works with families to hold small, one hour, meetings with Legislators in various districts. If you are interested in attending, hosting, or leaning more about upcoming meetings, please contact Ann Mangelsdorf, Assistant Director of Family Support & Advocacy, at 314-817-2275.

Check back frequently for current advocacy action items!

St. Louis Arc 2022 Legislative Priorities

  • Appropriate Increased Funding at the State and Federal Levels to Fully Fund Competitive Rates for Individuals with I/DD ensuring they receive the services necessary to be live, learn, work, and play in the least restrictive environment with dignity and respect.
  • Strengthen Employment Services for Individuals with Disabilities by Maximizing Federal Funding for Vocational Rehabilitation.
  • Establish Employment First Legislation for the State of Missouri. A concept to facilitate the full inclusion of persons with disabilities that is community-based, competitive, integrated employment as the first and preferred outcome for employment services for persons with disabilities.

Learn more about the Arc’s 2022 Legislative Priorities.

Legislative initiatives are designed to support St. Louis Arc’s philosophy that all individuals deserve to live, work, and play in the least restrictive environment with dignity and respect.

For additional information contact: Ann Mangelsdorf, Assistant Director of Family Support & Advocacy, at 314-817-2275.

National Concerns

To learn more about federal and state issues of interest to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, we encourage you to visit The Arc of the United States’ position statements on various issues.

You may want to also visit the Action Center of The Arc of the United States to learn more about both federal and state issues of interest to people with developmental disabilities.

You can also access resource information at Disability.gov, the federal government’s main portal for disability information.