The Importance of Telling Your Story: Reaching State Policy-Makers

2019 Self-Direction Conference Breakout Sessions: The power of storytelling can’t be understated, and great stories are compelling tools for advocacy, especially with state policy-makers. States have critical roles in shaping self-direction programs, and effective advocacy is essential when reaching out to elected officials. Bryan O’Malley, Executive Director of the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State (CDPAANYS) and Marion Holmberg, the parent of three young adults with disabilities and Communications Coordinator for the Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports, share their unique experiences in reaching decision-makers through the power of personal stories.