There is a lot going on in Washington DC these days and sometimes it can feel like it’s always about someone else. But on June 26th, United Spinal mobilized over 60 SCI activists for a Roll on Capitol Hill to bring the concerns of the spinal cord injured population to the nation’s law makers.
Activists spoke to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle about the importance of including the SCI population in decision-making which disproportionately affects them including: civil rights protection for people with disabilities and funding for:
- Medicaid-supported home care services
- Rehabilitation and appropriate wheelchairs
- Medical equipment, such as catheters
- Adequate coverage for prescription drugs
“We Roll on Capitol Hill because it’s our right, as Americans, to be heard,” said Paul J. Tobin, United Spinal’s President and CEO, who is a navy veteran and power wheelchair user. “Our personal stories have the power to influence elected officials far better than any lobbyist. They are the strongest tool we possess as disability advocates. They break down barriers. They allow people to see beyond our wheelchairs for who we really are. Our stories put a face to our issues––removing them from stacks of mundane legislative papers to the real life challenges we face daily,” Tobin said when speaking to attendees.
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