Join Us on Capitol Hill For Advocacy Day

The recent elections have brought change to Washington.  With Democrats winning the majority in the House, power in Congress will be split. Meanwhile, House members and their staff are packing and unpacking boxes as they move offices over the next month. Change in Washington is something that happens every two years and brings opportunity. This is an important time for TAA to get to know the new Members and Senators, and continue to develop relationships with current Members and Senators.

2019 is the year that the CDC Cooperative Agreement with TAA is up for a five year renewal.  Therefore, it is critically important that we continue to build support in Congress for the CDC Tourette Syndrome Program and ensure its continued funding. The CDC-TAA partnership helps to educate medical professionals, teachers, and the public on Tourette Syndrome.  The goal of this outreach is to increase awareness and provide information that will help people with TS receive needed health services, be more accepted by those around them, and have the opportunity to succeed in school and work.  Your help is needed to increase supporters in Congress for this extremely important program.

Please mark your calendars and sign up to come to Washington for Advocacy Day on March 5.  We need a large sea of teal on Capitol Hill for Advocacy Day from across the country to reach out to as many offices and states as we can.  If you have not been to Advocacy Day before, previous attendees have described it as an empowering and life changing experience.  For those who have attended regularly or just once before, we are excited to have you join us again this year!

In addition, it is important for state chapters and support groups to go meet with the Senators and Congressmen in their state and district offices as well.  These meetings will increase awareness and drive home the fact that their constituents are impacted by Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders and need their support.  If you are interested in politics and want to be an advocacy volunteer to help coordinate meetings and outreach in your area, please contact your state chapter or support group leader or TAA’s VP of Public Policy at diana.felner@tourette.org.