Why You Need to Be Involved
The most effective way of influencing legislation or to ensure your voice is heard on important issues is to communicate your views directly to your respective elected officials. Sending letters, faxes and e-mails; placing telephone calls; and arranging visits with either officials or legislative staff increase the likelihood that attention will be paid to the message being delivered. These activities help educate and inform key decision makers about the neurodiagnostic profession. Constituents play a crucial role in the public process and lawmakers want to hear from you. For a step-by-step guide to building relationships with legislators and their staff, download the Point of Contact Handbook.
Ways to Be Involved
The most effective way to ensure that your representatives are taking the correspondence and messages seriously is to have messages sent from each individual, rather than on behalf of a group, because state and congressional offices track the number of communications received on a daily basis on an issue. Due to terrorism concerns, it is most effective to send your communication via e-mail. You can contact your state and federal legislators via e-mail through our Action Center simply by entering in your zip code and either sending the recommended message(s) or composing your own message.