ERIC Number: ED327994
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan-1
Reference Count: N/A
Action: A Manual To Help You Organize. This Means War! And We Do Mean Business.
Minnesota State Planning Agency, St. Paul.; Minnesota Governor's Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities, St. Paul.
This handbook offers practical suggestions for advocates of individuals with developmental disabilities on how to: acquire basic training, recruit volunteers, influence decision makers, lend reinforcement to state and national initiatives, make and keep important contacts, and enlist new allies. Chapter titles include: "Why Organize?,""Knowing Your Enemy,""Your True Enemy Is Called Ignorance,""Knowing Your Allies,""Sample Questionnaire,""Choosing Your Battles,""Basic Training,""Marshalling Your Resources,""Writing Tactics,""The Petition,""The Letter,""The Personal Letter,""Telephone Tactics,""Meeting in Person," and "Public Speaking." The handbook illustrates how to apply the advocacy techniques by using two federal issues as examples: Medicaid reform and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Cartoons from Gary Larson's "The Far Side" are used to illustrate points made in the text. (JDD)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Citizen Participation, Developmental Disabilities, Federal Legislation, Lobbying, Persuasive Discourse, Political Influences, Social Action, Voluntary Agencies
Governor's Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities, Minnesota State Planning Agency, 300 Centennial Building, 658 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55155 (free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Planning Agency, St. Paul.; Minnesota Governor's Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities, St. Paul.