Advocacy Tools

Advocacy Tools


In this section, you will find various tools to navigate the information on public policy.

  • Advocacy Guides – These PDF’s provide an overview and in depth guide to legislative advocacy.
  • How You Can Help – This section contains tools such as the Action Center and links to additional advocacy resources.
  • Public testimony – Testimonies written by friends of The Arc on important issues and are great examples on how to write your own.
  • Useful Information – Here you will find information about the Massachusetts State House and Government Affairs Committee.

Advocacy Guides

How You Can Help:

You can help promote The Arc of Massachusetts’ efforts by contacting your elected official to ask for their support (or opposition) to bills that are part of the official Arc platform.

  • Use The Arc US Action Center and The Arc of Massachusetts Take Action Center to contact your state and federal legislators and take action on the alerts posted. The Action Center also includes a media guide, which allows you to automatically send messages to several newspapers, television and radio stations at once.
  • If you have a story to tell or a letter you wish to send to the editor, the media guide makes it simple.
  • Visit our Advocacy/Self-Advocacy page to view additional tools to help you advocate.
  • Join The Arc in advocating for community-based supports and services! You can sign up now to be on our email list and stay up to date on events and information.

Public Testimonies

The Arc of Massachusetts often testifies before the Massachusetts Legislature about our position on various subjects including the State Budget, proposed legislation, or issues affecting policy. Volunteer participation is an important part of our advocacy in this area as well. Below you will find a “How To” guide to providing testimony as well as examples of the public testimony The Arc and our members have given.

Useful Information

  • Massachusetts State House Information
  • Government Affairs Committee

The Governmental Affairs Committee meets monthly on Mondays from 10:00am – 11:30am at The Arc of Massachusetts’ office (click here for directions to the office). If you would like to attend a meeting, please email Beth Rutledge or call 781-891-6270, ext. 6101

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