From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY – Over 100 disability advocates from across state will gather in Montgomery on Wednesday, March 15, to meet with policymakers.
The day will begin with a rally on the State House steps at 10 a.m. and be an opportunity for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), their families, and care givers to come together as a community to learn and educate legislators about issues important to them.
“Through this event, DLCA hopes to connect the IDD community with their legislators and to get elected officials in touch with their constituents who have disabilities to be more aware of issues and laws directly impacting Alabama’s disability community,” said local advocate Corrie Merchant, who is on the Disabilities Leadership Coalition of Alabama (DLCA) legislative advocacy day planning committee. DLCA includes more than 30 member organizations.
“Representative David Faulkner of Mountain Brook has been instrumental in assisting the DLCA committee plan the March 15 event,” she added. “Once he became involved with the committee he quickly agreed to co-sponsor bills prioritized by DLCA.”
The two bills are Exton’s Law, to prevent organ transplant discrimination, and Colby’s Act (HB105), a law intended to define supported decision-making agreements as an alternative to guardianship.
“We appreciate Representative Faulkner’s guidance and support for the legislative advocacy day,” Merchant said.
Anyone interested in attending the event can get more information here: