FASD Advocacy Day 2020
We are hosting an advocacy day a month ahead of FASD Awareness Day (September 9th). Post on your personal and business social media tagging important players in your community and your legislators. I'm also going to write a handwritten letter and mail it TODAY. Click here for more information about writing to your legislator. If you would like a daily email with updates about the project, register here. I recommend you schedule these posts on a free scheduling app like Hootsuite. It is a 6-day campaign. We can do this!
Now it's time to call our legislators. Letters and emails are good, but phone calls mean a lot. Here are links to look up your representative's phone number and email address and a script and email template.
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IF YOU ARE FROM OHIO
Remember to mention Senate Bill 340 about displaying warning signs for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome if an establishment sells alcohol.
Community Member: Hello, I am a constituent of Senator/Representative ____________ and would like to make a comment to them about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
Legislative Secretary: Certainly. I can transfer you. (Or they may be able to help you.)
Community Member: Thank you. My name is _______________, and I live at (full address). I’m calling to urge Senator/Representative ________________ to acknowledge Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. I am a caregiver of somebody on the spectrum./I am a professional working with individuals on the spectrum.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are the most common form of developmental disabilities in the United States making it 2.5 times as common as Autism, yet there are virtually no services or support. Science shows us that undiagnosed FASD and individuals with FASD who don't receive accommodations are more likely to be involved with the criminal justice system, foster care, and the cycle of addiction. Many scientists believe that undiagnosed FASDs are a big contributing factor to the opioid crisis. I want to make a difference and I think we can do that together. I am asking your office to:
- Release a press release, public service announcement, or make a declaration in honor of FASD Awareness Day, September 9th
- Discuss the possibility of proposing a bill requiring annual training about FASDs for foster parents because foster youth are 17-19 times more likely to have an FASD than the general population.
- Discuss the possibility of proposing a bill requiring screening of all foster youth for FASDs.
Legislative Secretary: I will give your message to Senator/Representative _________, would you like for him/her to send a response to you?
Community Member: Yes, please send a response by email at (your email address) or by phone at _______. Thank you for your time!