Telling Your Story
Help others understand the value of your work
Telling your story is easy and effective, and has the potential to engage elected officials and the public on a deeper level. To be truly effective, your story should leave a lasting impression with those who have heard it.
In this section, we've given you a few tools to get started and feel more confident telling elected officials why your work has value in your community.
All in a Day's Work: A Series of Minnesota Caregiver Stories
ARRM recently highlighted the difficult, rewarding - and often very complex - work that direct support professionals (DSPs) do every day for little pay through a series of stories. Each Tuesday July 2013 through February 2014, a new caretaker story was shared on Twitter @ARRM, on our What's New(s) Blog, and emailed to legislators. This series was part of The 5% Campaign, a nonpartisan coalition group encouraging legislators to adopt a 5% rate increase in 2014.
Do you have a Story to Share? We would love to share your story! It may be anywhere from 4-5 sentences to a page long, and can be written by a DSP or other staff member, a person served, a family member, a volunteer, a case worker or anyone else. If you are submitting the story on behalf of someone, please be sure ARRM has permission to share the story. If you send us bullet points we are happy to modify them into a story. Content may be edited by ARRM staff for consistency, spelling, and grammar. Please feel free to send more than one story! Download our Share A Story Form (Word Document)
ARRM has created messages for CEO's, professional caregivers, family members, and self-advocates. View the messages and storytelling tools for each group.
One-Pager for Staff
ARRM's tool for staff is a pdf document you can print and complete, and give to your legislator(s).
One-Pager for Self-Advocates
ARRM's tool for self-advocates is a pdf document you can print and complete, and give to your legislator(s).
One-Pager for Families
ARRM's Panel Discussion on Family Advocacy
View this video to learn more about how family members can advocate for people with disabilities. Approximate playing time is 20 minutes.
"How to Talk to your Legislator" Video
This Word document can be customized by agencies and provided to family members at annual, bi-annual, or quarterly meetings. Insert your own language or graphics, and educate family members about the importance of grassroots advocacy.
Learn some helpful tips on how to talk to your legislator via this video created by ARRM. Bruce Nelson, ARRM CEO, gives a step-by-step tutorial on meeting with a legislator.