Advocacy Luncheon Series addresses important issues

If you want to learn more about legislative and public policy issues affecting people with disabilities and how you can advocate for them, plan to attend un upcoming luncheon presentation and discussion.

With your help, we can ensure the brightest future for individuals with disabilities and the people that support them.

Outreach to Lawmakers: How, When and Why

Wednesday, August 19 from 12:30- 1:30 pm via Zoom

Reaching out to lawmakers and their staff is essential in grassroots advocacy. While that may sound intimidating, it doesn’t have to be. Lawmakers need to learn from you to understand the impact their decisions have on you and those you care about. So it’s important that you reach out to them to share your story and to ask for their support.

Spend an hour with a panel of lawmakers and advocates learning ways you can most effectively reach out to your elected officials. Also, learn about the most important advocacy issues at the state and national level, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on programs and funding for people with disabilities. You’ll come away with information and ideas that you can easily put to use and understand why you need to do so.


  • Senator Mark Stoops, Indiana-District 40 
  • Hannah Carlock, Director of Public Policy, The Arc of Indiana
  • Jonathan Van Buren, Legislative Director for 9th District Representative Trey Hollingsworth
  • Nicole Jorwic, Senior Director of Public Policy, The Arc of the United States
Submit questions for panelists to before August 17.
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Stone Belt Arc is the local chapter of The Arc in Monroe County. The Arc is committed to all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities realizing their goals of living, learning, working and fully participating in the community. The combined strength of local Arcs, The Arc of Indiana and The Arc of the United States makes The Arc the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Learn more about The Arc by visiting and

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