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Lobbyists and Autism Advocacy

We often read about lobbyists in the news, and in last week’s neurodiversity class we talked about what lobbying actually means.The popular perception is that of polished lobbyists wining and dining senators in upscale restaurants.The reality is often rather more prosaic.

Before new rules or programs are enacted there is generally a period when government agencies seek public comment.While anyone can send comments to government agencies or elected officials, in-person comments are often more influential.A lobbyist who travels to Washington and states a position can engage in dialogue with government. Such a person is much more likely to advance whatever position they bring with them than a write-in commenter.
If the situation under discussion is one that affects autistic people – like housing for the cognitively disabled – there is widespread agreement that a lobbyist who represents an autism society has a duty to do their best to represent all autistic people.
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