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Action Alert: Momentum is Building – Help Secure Additional DIA Cosponsors!

The Disability Integration Act (DIA), H.R. 555 and S. 117, is continuing to gain cosponsors thanks to the efforts of disability advocates across the country!

As a reminder, we need 218 cosponsors to ensure we’ll have enough votes to pass DIA in the House of Representatives. Right now we have 155, which means we only need 63 commitments before passage is virtually guaranteed! ADAPT has created a new tool on the DIA website (disabilityintegrationact.org) called the DIA Dashboard, so keep checking back for updated numbers!

Our goal is still to pass the bill during the week of the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), when many Independent Living advocates from across the country will also be in Washington, DC for NCIL’s Annual Conference on Independent Living. We need your help to make sure this happens!

Take Action!

First, check the list of current cosponsors. If your Representative still isn’t a cosponsor, contact them and demand they support the rights of their disabled and aging constituents to live in their communities by cosponsoring the DIA!

  1. Contact Your Representative: Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY) and ask to be connected to your Representative’s office, or contact their office directly using the House directory.
  2. Identify yourself as a constituent and urge them to cosponsor the DIA (H.R. 555)! Use the talking points in the links below and share your personal story. Tell them to contact Amy Bos in Representative Sensenbrenner’s office at (202) 225-5101 or amy.bos@mail.house.gov to sign on today!
  3. Use these Congressional Outreach ResourcesFact sheets with talking points for both Democrat and Republican offices
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