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Many of us who grew up celebrating Christmas made wish lists of gifts we wanted to see in a stocking or under a tree.

With the legislative session poised to start January 3, it’s time to make those wish lists of what we’d like to see passed during the 2023 session.

So what is your disability? Or the disability of a loved one? What systems changes and supports would make life better and easier? What changes have had an adverse impact? Write those down and have a few talking points about how you have been or could be affected.

For example, if your school district had to cut back on services for your child, be able to concisely say how that has hurt your family.

Here’s a list of ways to use your list:

Get to know your state senator and representative. But be mindful that many of the players at the state capitol have changed. Even if you have not moved, redistricting may have placed you in another district. (Surprise!) The Minnesota Secretary of State’s office has great contact info, from federal offices to local groups. Go to https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/get-involved/contact-your-elected-representatives/

If you can physically get to local meet and greet events with lawmakers, do so. Be the face that goes with the name.

If your area has local groups focused on general or specific disability issues, join up. there is strength in numbers. Check into statewide groups, too, and get to know people who can help you be a better advocate.

There’s a wealth of information on the legislature’s website. You can find and track bills, follow committees and read updates at https://www.leg.mn.gov/

What’s great is the hybrid hearings are here to stay. There’s no more trekking in from Moorhead or Winona to testify for five minutes.

Make yourself heard – via your voice or written communication – and have a productive session.

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