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Policy & Advocacy Newsline ~ July 2020

We Need Your Advocacy Help for 4th COVID-19 Relief Package

After passing three large packages and several smaller bills to address the Coronavirus pandemic, the Senate is negotiating terms for the fourth COVID-19 relief bill. The House passed its 4th COVID-19 Relief Package in May, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act (H.R.6800), which contained many positive provisions for people with disabilities. Unfortunately, the HEROES Act is considered by the Senate majority to be a very partisan bill, so the Senate will be drafting its own COVID-19 Relief Bill instead of taking up the HEROES Act as a starting point for negotiations.

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E-News ~ July 1, 2020

Mission Moment 
with Executive Director David Tolleson

Wow – what a great month we’ve had! Our Convention From Your Couch was a tremendous success. I’m very thankful to the staff members and volunteers who produced this incredible six-plus week gift to our community. If you missed any (or all) of the workshops or special sessions (like the Awards Ceremony, Talent Show, or Dance) – or if you just want to watch them again – the viewing deadline has been extended through July 12.  Going forward we’re working on additional programming for the summer and fall in both English and Spanish, and we have also begun planning for next year’s NDSC Annual Convention at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona!  We hope to see you there.

You can also view a recording of our Town Hall on race relations. It was a terrific conversation starter – one that will continue on July 16,  at 7:00 PM ET. Please join us then to be part of this important discussion.

David Tolleson, NDSC Executive Director

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Extending Convention From Your Couch Through July 12

It is hard to believe that we are in the final days of the NDSC Convention From Your Couch.  Although nothing can replace attending an NDSC Convention in-person, we hope that you have found the virtual event provided information, resources, and connections that are useful for you and your family. 

If you have not attended Convention From Your Couch and would like access to the private channel with nearly 7 weeks of programming, we are extending the viewing channel access through July 12.  The details to gain access are below. 

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Policy & Advocacy Newsline ~June 2020

Addressing Systemic Racism
In response to the killing of George Floyd and other black individuals in recent weeks and the impact of systemic racism on our society, NDSC released a statement that condemns systemic racism and recognizes that as an organization, we need to do more.  The statement was followed by a video from Executive Director, David Tolleson pledging NDSC’s support of the Black community, stating our commitment to stand by all who are calling for an end to systemic racism in our society, our re-commitment to serve all families that need us, and for our leadership to reflect our community.

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NDSC E-News ~ June 2020

Mission Moment 
with Executive Director David Tolleson

Disability rights are civil rights. As an organization that promotes equal opportunity, access and treatment for all people, the NDSC stands with the Black community in rejecting the systemic racism in our society. We also recognize that, as an organization, we have fallen short in our outreach to underserved communities and pledge to do better.

As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We all have a role to play, both in rejecting injustice and in finding solutions. To that end, NDSC will host a Town Hall on Race Relations: How do we all do better?, Monday, June 15th, at 7:00 PM ET. I hope you will join us as we listen, learn and explore actions that will make a difference in our organization and beyond.As our community knows, inclusion means breaking down barriers and welcoming everyone. We’re better all together and all together better.

David Tolleson, NDSC Executive Director

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Convention From Your Couch Week 3

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Week 3   May 25 – 31

Each week during Convention From Your Couch we are offering registered attendees 3-4 new workshops in a webinar format.  If you haven’t registered yet, you can still view all the Convention From Your Couch workshop recordings.  Register today and get access to a private viewing channel through June 30!

Starting in June, we will kick-off Youth & Adult workshops, spotlights, and of course, the talent show!  There will also be sessions just for siblings in a virtual Brothers & Sisters Conference, along with the opportunity to attend Sharing Sessions designed for your individual ages and stages.

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Policy & Advocacy Newsline ~May 2020

Invitation to Attend NDSC Advocacy Training Boot Camp

NDSC’s virtual Convention from Your Couch has begun, but there is still time to register and receive all of the workshop recordings. NDSC’s Policy & Advocacy Team invites you to attend the NDSC Advocacy Training Boot Camp, a free event for all Convention from Your Couch registrants. Aimed at beginner advocates this two-hour LIVE session, to be held on Saturday, June 27, from 1:00 PM ET – 3:00 PM ET will feature presentations from effective self-advocates, parent advocates, and the expert NDSC Policy & Advocacy Team. Learn what advocacy is, the basics of the legislative process, how to engage and build relationships with elected officials, and how to utilize social media in your advocacy efforts.  You will also receive other important resources and tips all from the comfort of your own home. We hope to “see” you there!

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#GivingTuesdayNOW ~ Meet Our Staff

We hope this email finds you healthy and well.

We are all feeling a bit unsure of so many things right now.  It seems as though COVID-19 has #GivingTuesdayNOW campaign 2020changed everything in our lives. Everything but the fact that when people unite around a common cause, real and lasting change happens.

You more than likely have heard of #GivingTuesday, an annual day of giving that generally follows Thanksgiving.  It began in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

In response to the unprecedented needs created by COVID-19, today, May 5th has been
designated as #GivingTuesdayNow. This global day of giving calls for us to be our very best—to support our communities, show up for our neighbors, and come together as one to show that our unity is stronger than fear or distance. We know that you have many choices as to how you will give on #GivingTuesdayNOW.  We hope that you will choose to support the NDSC. To make a donation you may visit the Donate page on our website or go to our Facebook page and click on any one of the #GivingTuesdayNOW posts.

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NDSC E-News ~ May 2020 ~ Convention From Your Couch

Mission Moment
With NDSC Executive Director, David Tolleson

We’ll be there for you!

First and foremost, I hope this finds you and your family well.  We know that these are challenging times, but I want you to know that we are here for you.  Over the last few weeks, our work has continued – and in some ways increased.  As always, we remain committed to bringing you resources, programming, and information that is useful to you and your family.

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