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How We Advocate

Fighting for the Rights of People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Arc of Virginia, the state level chapter which The Arc of HR is a member of, works to grow the Movement for A Life Like Yours (ALLY) so that all are afforded their rights and opportunities to live, learn, work, play and be fully included in the community. Individuals with disabilities, self-advocates, families and caregivers inform our advocacy work. Together we research issues, we educate ourselves and others to understand the issues and provide the tools for advocacy and opportunities to make change.

When you join The Arc as a member our voice becomes stronger…Together We are Better!

Join Our Advocacy Efforts

  • Your Story Matters. Elected officials are often bombarded with graphs, data, and charts. Contact to share your story with an elected official and help influence policy.

  • Tell Your Story

  • Stay Informed

  • Sign up for The Arc of Harrisonburg and Rockingham’s E-newsletter, filled with information from your local chapter on disability news, advocacy issues, action alerts for you and your family.

  • One of the most powerful ways we can advocate is by contacting our local representatives to make sure the I/DD community is represented in policy efforts. To find your representatives and to learn about our legislative agenda, visit The Arc of Virginia’s Take Action Center.

  • Contact Your Representatives

  • Become A Self-Advocate

  • The ALLY Self-Advocacy Alliance of Virginia was formed to ensure that the voices of people with disabilities are the primary force for effecting change in Virginia. The Alliance works to increase the availability of inclusive supports for people with Developmental Disabilities, by working to influence changes to policy, expectations and systems. Learn more by visiting their website.

Support Our Work

Be a part of an organization that advocates for the creation of “A Life Like Yours” (ALLY) for Virginians of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Here are some ways you can join us:

  • Become A Member

  • By joining as a member,
    you help give our advocacy efforts a stronger voice. As a member-based organization, we represent hundreds of individuals living with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in our area.

    Join today to help us make an impact with local, state, and federal policy impacting the I/DD community.

  • By signing up for a monthly automatic contribution to The Arc of Harrisonburg and Rockingham, you’re supporting on the ground efforts in our area to create an inclusive and diverse community through our programming

  • Become A Monthly Contributor

  • Check Out Our Store

  • By shopping at our store, you can represent The Arc and inclusion.

    100% of proceeds from our store go towards our goal of promoting and protecting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

  • Follow Us On Social Media

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  • When you share our pictures, posts, events, and videos on Facebook and other social media platforms, you help spread the word about the important work here at The Arc of HR.

    When you reTweet, or share on your Facebook page, your friends, family, and colleagues know and understand the important issues you care about.

Our Advocacy Partners

Visit each of Our Partner’s Advocacy Pages