Washington, D.C., March 27 – In these uncertain times, people with disabilities, their friends and their families are looking to elected officials at every level of government for answers. Often, however, people do not know how to connect to their members of Congress or how to send a message to their governor, state legislators or local officials.
Thanks to technology, it has never been easier to reach out and make one’s voice heard. Every voice matters and leaders need to know that the disability community is an integral part of their voter base.
More than half of the electorate self-identifies as having a disability, having a family member with a disability or having a close friend with a disability. Leaders at every level of government need to hear from their constituents with disabilities.
In order to get in touch with elected and appointed officials online, there are several websites that list contact information:
- Federal Elected Officials
- State Elected Officials
- Get in touch with state governors.
- Find the names and current activities of state legislators.
- Local Elected Officials
- Locate mayors by name, city, or population size.
- Find county executives (the head of the executive branch of government in each county) by map search or zip code. The county executive may be an elected or an appointed position.
- Get contact information for city, county, and town officials.
It is appropriate to contact elected officials with concerns and questions, as well as requests for assistance. To get involved or answers to detailed questions, please contact RespectAbility’s Policy and Practices Direct Philip Kahn-Pauli via email at PhilipP@RespectAbility.org.
To learn more about COVID-19, how it is impacting the disability community and what RespectAbility is doing about it, please visit www.respectability.org/covid-19.