PCB is currently seeking advocates interested in attending the 2017 ACB Legislative Seminar and making visits to Pennsylvania’s federal legislators. Please read on for additional details about the event and application process.
The American Council of the Blind annually conducts a national legislative seminar in the Washington, DC area. The purpose of the seminar is to provide a forum for members of the Council to visit with members of the House and Senate, familiarizing them with issues and national legislation vital to our interests.
Delegations of state affiliates from throughout the nation, travel to our nation’s capital. During the first day of the seminar, attendees are informed of the specifics of those issues and legislative initiatives ACB has determined to promote. On the second day of the seminar, members of each state delegation travel to the Hill, paying a personal visit to each of the legislators representing their state, appointments having been made in advance.
In 2017, the ACB Legislative Seminar will be held On Monday, February 27 and Tuesday, February 28. It is likely that attendees will arrive at the seminar hotel, the Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria, late Sunday afternoon, February 26 and head home late Tuesday afternoon, February 28 after meeting with legislators on Capitol Hill.
Any PCB member wishing to represent the organization at this upcoming event should submit a brief resume and/or bio to the Legislative Seminar Selection Committee (LSSC) outlining their qualifications as a representative. The resume may be submitted in any accessible format, including, but not limited to, email, Braille, large print, or audio. Email applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with all other formats mailed to PA Council of the Blind, Attn. LSSC, 931 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. All applications must be received by Tuesday, January 3, 2017. The number of candidates selected may be limited by the available budget for this event.
Individuals submitting an application should possess the following:
A. The ability to grasp the complexity of legislative initiatives.
B. The ability to communicate legislative initiatives and provide background to legislators and their staffs.
C. The ability to participate in a full day’s schedule of visits to the offices of legislators, spread throughout the complex of congressional buildings.
In the selection process, in addition to submitted resumes, the LSSC will take into consideration, the need for:
A. Geographic diversity
B. Previous experience in legislative advocacy efforts
C. The opportunity to initiate new members into the process of legislative advocacy
The LSSC will select seminar attendees by January 15, and promptly notify all applicants of their status.
PCB will, to the best of its ability, reimburse expenses of the selected attendees incurred in connection with the seminar, i.e. travel, food and lodging; provided receipts for expenditures are submitted along with request for payment.
Members of PCB not selected by the LSSC can, of course, choose to attend the legislative seminar at their own expense. These individuals will be welcomed to participate in the PCB delegation, so long as they adhere to the following:
A. That they notify the PCB State office by January 15th of their intent to attend the legislative seminar.
B. That they coordinate their efforts, scheduling of appointments with legislators etc. with the PCB delegation.
C. That they, as will all members of the delegation, attend ALL preparatory sessions hosted by PCB and ACB.
D. That they willingly team with other members of the PCB delegation when visiting legislators.