Join the Brain Injury Association of New York State for our Annual Advocacy Day

March 20, 2018
10:00am – 4:00pm

After two successful Advocacy Days in 2016 and 2017, BIANYS has organized another day of action, visibility, and advocacy in 2018. Meet with legislators, learn about the legislative process, and show your support for brain injury awareness. Bring your friends, family, and community members to Albany to share your experiences and be an advocate – there is strength in numbers!

Providers and Organizations:
Help us bring survivors, family members, friends, and professionals to Albany on Tuesday, March 20. This Advocacy Day is particularly important for TBI and NHTD Medicaid Waiver Participants and we need to help them make their voices heard, particularly on issues around the UAS-NY. Please consider organizing a group from your area to travel together. Contact Victoria Clingan at 518-459-7911 or via email for assistance.

Advocacy Day Schedule:
10am: Check-in (Legislative Office Building)
11am: Rally/Speaking Program
12pm: Lunch (Provided for registered attendees)
1pm-4pm: Meetings/Networking

Advocacy Day Details:
Advocacy Day kicks off in the Well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany at 11am with a Rally and Speaking Program. We want to show our numbers and the strength of this community, so please do not schedule meetings during the rally. We will provide lunch to all registered participants, after which we encourage attendees to visit their legislative representatives. You will need to schedule those meetings prior to Advocacy Day.

We strongly encourage TBI and NHTD Medicaid Waiver participants to attend Advocacy Day. Legislators need to hear from you about how the program helps you live your lives. We will be stressing the challenges of brain injury and that the UAS, the tool used by NY to assess eligibility, makes it harder for those with brain injury to receive services. If you have had a UAS assessment, come prepared to tell the legislators about it – what you scored and the impact of the test on your life.

Meeting with Legislators: Please schedule appointments with your Legislative representatives as soon as possible. While some offices may accommodate walk-ins, many will not be able to make time for constituents without prior notice. If you need to look up who represents you, you can find the information on the NYS Senate website and the NYS Assembly website. Use the BIANYS Talking Points to prepare for these conversations. BIANYS will also provide an Advocacy Day Letter to Legislators on Advocacy Day.

Show solidarity: Wear Blue for brain injury! We suggest that attendees wear nice blue jeans and/or blue clothes, so we can join together in a wave of blue. This year, we are not providing t-shirts, but we will have stickers and other awareness materials available to show your support for brain injury causes. BIANYS will provide talking points on the issues (emailed to registered participants prior to Advocacy Day) and information to leave with your legislators.

Parking: There is visitor parking available under the Empire State Plaza and in surrounding areas. For a map of parking locations, visit http://assembly.state.ny.us/directions/

For additional information about Advocacy Day download the Frequently Asked Questions flier.

Spread the word! Download and share the Advocacy Day flier.