GOING ONLINE WITH AWARENESS
There is a lot of great awareness and advocacy work being done online, all thanks to social media and the internet! This is great for busy parents because a lot of work can be done from home or your smart phone.
Here are some great avenues to create awareness and get the conversation about disabilities going while online.
– http://www.twitter.com Most politicians on are on Twitter. Try interacting with them on twitter so others may join into your conversation. Here are a few Twitter usernames to get you started:
MPP List for the Ottawa area:
CHEO Hospital Ottawa: https://twitter.com/CHEOhospital
– http://www.facebook.com Consider making a few small postings on Facebook so your family and friends can have a window into your world. Answer any questions they have, or reply to their comments. If you’d like to do more, create your very own awareness page or group, invite your friends and start discussions! Seek out local support groups on Facebook to find other parents to talk to and ask questions! Some examples are:
– http://www.Youtube.com Video is a powerful medium. Many families have created videos of their experience with their child. Some local Ottawa examples include:
Contact your politicians by email:
Here is a list of people you can contact, depending on which level of government you are dealing with:
- Your municipal government, City of Ottawa – Jim Watson, Mayor.
- Your provincial government, The Premier of Ontario – Kathleen Wynne.
- Your local MPP (provincial):
– Hon. Madeleine Meilleur (Ottawa-Vanier)
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– Yasir Naqvi (Ottawa Centre)
– Phil McNeely (Ottawa-Orléans)
– Hon. John Fraser (Ottawa South)
– Lisa MacLeod (Nepean-Carleton)
– Hon. Bob Chiarelli (Ottawa West-Nepean)
– Jack Maclaren (Carleton-Mississippi Mills)
– Grant Crack (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell)
- Ministry Heads (provincial):
– Ministry of Children & Youth Services – Teresa Piruzza
– Ministry of Health – Deb Matthews
Federal Government, Prime Minister, Stephen Harper
Federal Government, Minister of Health Canada, Rona Ambrose
Write them a letter in whatever way makes you feel comfortable. Try and describe how the issue you are experiencing is affecting your family on a personal and day-to-day level. It may take a while but they have to respond.
How do YOU create awareness? Have you ever written to a politician? Did you hear back? Have you ever spoken to one in person? We’d love to hear your experience. Please comment below, or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org