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2021 Disability Rights Legislative Day
Missouri Disability Rights Legislative Day (DRLD) is over, but if you missed it, you can still:
About the event: For nearly 20 years, disability advocates from around Missouri have traveled to the State Capitol to participate in Disability Rights Legislative Day and have their voices heard. This year, even though we're in the middle of a pandemic, you can still participate in this important event - online!
This year is the 20th anniversary of Disability Rights Legislative Day and this year's theme is "In This Together." The event will be held virtually so people with disabilities, family members, and others can participate regardless of where they live in the state. The more people that participate, the more we can advocate for what's important to us and show the legislature that we are all "In This Together!"
Disability Rights Legislative Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. A rally will take place from 11 a.m. to noon and will feature an impressive lineup of speakers, including Gov. Mike Parson, various legislators, and some powerful disability advocates. After the rally, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., advocates can meet virtually with their legislators and advocate on important disability issues.
As part of the "In This Together" theme, there are three topics that the event will focus on:
- Support Our Lives = Support Our Staff: For many people with disabilities, reliable support staff are critical to a happy, healthy, and productive life.
- Support Our Lives = Support Our Inclusion: Students with disabilities shouldn't be subjected to restraint and seclusion.
- Support Our Lives = Support Our Work: People with disabilities can and want to work.
During the rally, both legislators and advocates will cover these topics. When you meet with your legislators, you can talk about these topics or any other issues that impact your life each and every day.
Disability Rights Legislative Day 2021 is free.
DRLD Zoom backgrounds: When you meet with your legislators in the afternoon, you might be using Zoom to have your meetings. During your meetings, you can use the custom DRLD Zoom backgrounds to carry energy from the rally into your meetings! There two options you can choose from. Click on the background below you would like to use, save it to your device, and then use it for your virtual background when meeting with legislators.