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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 advocacy@slarc.org.

Check back frequently for current advocacy action items!

St. Louis Arc 2023 Legislative Priorities

  • Ensure people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) receive vital services necessary to live and work in their communities by appropriating critical funding at the state and federal levels.
  • Maintain Missouri’s property tax structure to ensure local tax levies may continue funding integrated community services for people with disabilities.
  • Strengthen employment services for individuals with disabilities by maximizing federal funding for Vocational Rehabilitation.
  • Pass legislation to make Missouri an Employment First state.

Learn more about the Arcs 2023 Legislative Priorities.

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

For additional information, contact advocacy@slarc.org.

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 Statesposition 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 governments main portal for disability information.