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Action Alert: Honor Women’s History Month by Securing New DIA Cosponsors!

March is Women’s History Month and we are celebrating by honoring all the women in this world with disabilities! Our goal in March is to get all women in Congress – both the House and Senate – to sign on by the end of the month. Let’s win freedom for millions and get the Disability Integration Act (H.R. 555 / S. 117) passed into law in the 116th Congress!

This may take multiple calls and emails, but together we will get this imperative civil rights legislation passed and FREE OUR PEOPLE.

“Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation!” – Coretta Scott King

Congressional Outreach Resources

Contacting Your Legislators

Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY) and ask to be connected to your Representative or Senator’s office, or contact their office directly using the directory for the House or Senate.  

  • Once connected, ask to speak with an office aide who handles civil rights.
  • Identify yourself as a constituent.
  • Urge them to cosponsor the DIA (H.R. 555 or S. 117).
  • Use the talking points and tell them your story.
  • Tell them to contact Amy Bos in Jim Sensenbrenner’s office at 202-225 – 5101 or amy.bos@mail.house.gov to get on today!

Hashtags to use on Social Media

  • #DIA
  • #DIAToday
  • #DisabilityFreedom

Background Information

The Disability Integration Act (DIA) is a civil rights, bipartisan and bicameral legislation that ensures people with disabilities have a right to live and receive services in their own homes. The DIA further secures our Constitutionally-protected right to liberty by preventing disabled people from being forced into costly institutional settings by unnecessary government regulations. The DIA (H.R. 555 and S. 117) in the 116th Congress, introduced on January 15th in honor of the 90th birthday of the great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Senators Charles Schumer, Minority Leader (D-NY) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) in the Senate and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) in the House, creates a comprehensive solution, assuring the full integration of disabled people.

For more information on DIA, go to www.disabilityintegrationact.org.

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