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Information About NCIL’s Virtual Hill Day: Start Scheduling Your Meetings!

This year, NCIL’s Annual Hill Day will be on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Like the rest of the Annual Conference, it will be completely virtual!

Part of each Annual Hill Day is the Hill Visits. These are meetings with the Senators and Representatives in Congress who represent you. A key part of successful Hill Visits is planning ahead – and this is just as important for a Virtual Hill Day!

We will be announcing the date for our annual Legislative and Advocacy (L&A) briefing soon. At this briefing, the Chairs of key NCIL L&A Subcommittees will discuss NCIL’s legislative priorities. They will also provide talking points to prepare you for your meetings. This briefing will be archived and available afterwards.

NCIL will be providing additional details about the Virtual Hill Day as they become available. This also includes a fun, new, virtual format for our Annual Rally!

One way you can plan ahead for your Virtual Hill Day right now is to schedule your meetings with Members of Congress. We recommend you contact your Senators and Representative as soon as possible to schedule your meetings. Try to schedule your meetings for the afternoon of Tuesday, July 21. The meeting can be a call or some other virtual meeting format. Tell them you are calling to schedule a meeting as part of NCIL’s Virtual Hill Day. This way they will make sure to schedule you with the right person. Requests for accommodations should be made directly to the Congressional office. Please note: you do not have to attend the conference to participate in NCIL’s Virtual Hill Day!

If you would like to meet with your Senators / Representative with other people from your state, contact your Regional Representative. They will help you coordinate. The list of NCIL Regional Representatives is at the bottom of this email.

As the Virtual Hill Day approaches, we will be providing more information. We will provide information about the Virtual Rally, sample talking points for your meetings, and social media posts. Again, we will also send more information about our upcoming L&A Briefing soon. Stay tuned!

Regional Representatives

  • Region 1 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont): Steve Higgins, shiggins@iacil.org
  • Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands): Aaron Baier, abaier@aticortland.org
  • Region 3 (Delaware, District of Columbia (DC), Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia): Jill Jacobs, jilljacobs@freebirdcorp.com
  • Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee): Kent Crenshaw, kent.crenshaw@independentrandr.org
  • Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin): Maureen Ryan, moryan@charter.net
  • Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas): Sha’ Anderson, arsilcdirector@arsilc.org
  • Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska): Ami Weidler-Hyten, ahyten@tilrc.org
  • Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming): Vacant; Contact the Chair of the Regional Representatives Committee, Sheri Burns, at sherib@svilc.org
  • Region 9 (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands): Sheri Burns, sherib@svilc.org
  • Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington): Kimberly Meck, kimberly@disabilitypride.org
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