Talking Points and Message to Federal Representatives on COVID-19 Package 4 


While Congress has appropriated trillions of dollars through the passage of several bills to address the economic devastation caused the COVID-19 pandemic, they have not adequately addressed the needs of people with disabilities, their families, caretakers, and direct support professionals. In particular, New York state has suffered greatly, with 25% of all COVID-19 cases nationwide and a disproportionately low federal aid response.


The next round of COVID-19 related funding is currently being discussed in Congress, with the House recently releasing the Heroes Act. Many of the items we have sought and lobbied for are included in this legislation and we need to make sure it stays that way in the final bill! Our federal representatives need to hear from us loud and clear, so there can be no question of our critical needs. It is critically important that families lead the charge, because your voices will resonate the loudest of all.


What to Do

Call your federal representative using the talking points, or download this letter template to personalize with your own information and story. Once you complete your letter, either send a hard copy to your representative through the mail, or send it via the contact form on their website by copying and pasting in the body of the online form. Contact information can be found below.


Find your Assembly Member

Click here and enter your zip code or address to find your congressional representative. If there is more than one House representative for your zip code, take the opportunity to send to both.


Contact our U.S. Senators

Senator Charles Schumer (D – NY)

322 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-6542



Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D – NY)

478 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4451



Share Your Efforts 

After you reach out to your representative, please take a moment to complete this brief survey, so we can track our collective efforts across the state.


Spread the Word! 

Please share this message widely as we work to mobilize family and community advocates to support individuals with developmental disabilities and the providers who support them throughout this crisis.

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