In this section:
Resources for Providers
Tell Your Story
Facts and Figures
The 5% Campaign
Telling Your Story
Help others understand the value of your work.
Telling your story is easy and effective, and has the potential to engage elected officials and the public on a deeper level. To be truly effective, your story should leave a lasting impression with those who have heard it.
In this section, we've given you a few tools to get started and feel more confident telling elected officials why your work has value in your community.
All in a Day's Work: A Series of Minnesota Caregiver Stories
ARRM is currently highlighting the difficult, rewarding, - and often very complex - work that direct support professionals (DSPs) do every day for very little pay through a series of stories. Each Tuesday July 9th, 2013 through February 2014, a new caretaker story will be shared on Twitter @ARRM, on our What's New(s) Blog, and emailed to legislators. This series is part of a larger campaign encouraging legislators to adopt a 5% rate increase in 2014.
Do you have a Story to Share? We would love to include your story in this series! Stories may be anywhere from 4-5 sentences to a page long, and can be written by a DSP or other staff member, a person served, a family member, a volunteer, a case worker or anyone else. If you are submitting the story on behalf of someone, please be sure ARRM has permission to share the story. If you send us bullet points we are happy to modify them into a story. Content may be edited by ARRM staff for consistency, spelling, and grammar. Please feel free to send more than one story! Download our Share A Story Form (Word Document)
ARRM has created messages for CEO's, professional caregivers, family members, and self-advocates. Click here to view the messages and storytelling tools for each group.
One-Pager for Staff
ARRM's tool for staff is a modifiable pdf document you can complete online, or print and complete, and give to your legislator(s).
One-Pager for Self-Advocates
ARRM's tool for self-advocates is a modifiable Word document you can complete and give to your legislator(s).
One-Pager for Families
This Word document can be customized by agencies and provided to family members at annual, bi-annual, or quarterly meetings. Insert your own language or graphics, and educate family members about the importance of grassroots advocacy.
Watch ARRM's Panel Discussion on Family Advocacy
Click here to watch the video (Windows format). Video may take some time to load. Approximate playing time is 20 minutes.
Watch the "How to Talk to your Legislator" Video Online
Watch a video on your computer that shows you how to talk to your legislator, in Windows and Quicktime formats.
For more information:
Director of Advocacy and Community Relations
651-291-1086, ext. 8