KenCrest’s advocacy goal is to advance social policies and develop solutions that support early intervention and early education, target and strengthen families, and promote the full inclusion of individuals in their communities.
KenCrest’s legislative priorities for 2020 include:
- Waiting List: End the waiting list for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and autism
- Employment: Support competitive and integrated employment for people with disabilities
- Workforce Crisis: Reduce pressure on the Direct Support Professional (DSP) workforce by transitioning to independent living models and increasing access to enabling technology
- Technology: Advocate for policies that fund and develop the use of technology to increase independence, deliver quality services, and support the DSP workforce
- Early Learning: Invest in high-quality early learning and child care programs for infants, toddlers, and preschool children
- Early Intervention: Fully fund early intervention services for the Birth-to-3 program so that children grow up healthy and strong
- Paid Family and Medical Leave: Advocate for a statewide paid family and medical leave insurance program that would provide paid family leave to all workers.
Learn more below about KenCrest’s advocacy initiatives and how to get involved.
Advocacy in Action
KenCrest actively advocates for policy issues that affect children, families, and people with disabilities. KenCrest raises awareness for these issues and provides education to legislators, stakeholders, and community members through meetings, program tours, and advocacy events.
We need your help to prioritize state and federal relief funds and support for KenCrest’s community services. Congress and state legislators need to hear from constituents that programs for children, families, and individuals with disabilities are important to the community and need pandemic relief funding. Click on KenCrest’s COVID-19 Advocacy Action Center to help advocate for these services.
Get Out and Vote
The 2020 Election is on November 3, 2020. Elections decide who is elected to office, and that plays an important role when it comes to decision making for programs and funding for people with disabilities and children. Make sure your vote counts!
Participating in the electoral process and exercising the right to vote are important features of self-advocacy. U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years of age and meet state residency requirements are eligible to vote in elections. In order to vote, you must be a registered voter in the state in which you reside. Learn about voter registration and information for Connecticut, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.
Who is My Legislator?
Learn who your state and federal legislators are by using the address tools on the websites below. Then visit your legislator’s website to learn about the issues they support and to contact them.
- Join the KenCrest Advocacy Grassroots Network to receive occasional action alerts that will ask you to contact legislators on issues important to the KenCrest community.
- Advocacy Fund: In 2016, the Giving Voice Advocacy Fund was established to provide training and support for self-advocates, their families, and staff. We are equipping our stakeholders to know the issues that affect their lives and to make their voices heard. You can support the Giving Voice Advocacy Fund here.
- Blog: Follow our CEO’s Blog for additional information about KenCrest’s advocacy initiatives.
- Contact: Contact KenCrest Government Relations to partner together and advocate for children, family, and disability issues.
- The Arc: Your Vote Has Power!
- Easterseals Voting Checklist for People with Disabilities
- REV UP: Register, Educate, Vote, Use your Power
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