Pending Legislation

Overview

“Approximately 6.5 million people in the United States have an intellectual disability. Approximately 1-3 percent of the global population has an intellectual disability -- as many as 200 million people.” (Special Olympics)

There is a pivotal need for legislation to accommodate the respective needs of our friends with different abilities. Every year, many laws involving awareness and recognition of people with intellectual disabilities are created, but are never introduced or passed in Congress. However, you have the ability to change this by appealing to your Representative or Senator. These elected officials are always willing to listen to citizens’ concerns and encourage feedback on how they can enhance lives. These politicians have the power to introduce important laws in Congress, and all it could take is a letter explaining why a certain cause or bill is important to you.

Legislation from the Pennsylvania Psychological Association

  • HB 132: Provides Commonwealth support for a Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Staff Member Loan Forgiveness Program and an Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor Loan Forgiveness Program.

                                 Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery)

  • HB 133: An Act establishing a bill of rights for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; and conferring powers and duties on the Department of Human Services.

                                  Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery)

To find your elected officials to contact, please click here!

The Do's & Don'ts of Letter Writing

  • Do: Make your purpose clear, present yourself in a respectful manner, use facts to support your stance, be brief (about 1 page), include a return address and/or contact information, follow up a supportive response with a thank you note.
  • Don’t: Use slang/uncommon jargon, make irrational requests, make threats or insults, etc.

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