Iowa DD Council Publications
Our advocacy toolkit is offers helpful tips that are designed to prepare you to be an effective advocate. It will assist you in making your voice heard in your community and with local, state, and federal officials.
Download the toolkit to learn important steps to successful advocacy, find out which legislators you should visit, discover tips for meeting your legislators at the Capitol, and more.
Follow these tips when talking or writing to your elected officials.
STEP1 Be Polite
Treat policymakers with respect, even if they don’t agree with you.
STEP2 Be Persistent but Patient
Policy change takes time. Don’t give up.
STEP3 Practice and Prepare
Practice talking to your legislator it really does help. Think about what you want to say before you meet with, write, or call them.
STEP4 Be Clear
Stick to a simple and clear message. Get to the point quickly, and don’t forget to let them know what you want them to do.
STEP5 Be Personal
Real life examples help legislators look at issues differently and put a human face on them.
STEP6 Be Honest
Never lie. You want to be a reliable source of information to your policymakers.