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SOS Campaign: Congress is Back in DC, Remind Members to Prioritize the Disability Community Act!

Dear Shannon:
After six weeks out in their districts, Members of Congress are returning to Washington D.C. and many bills are competing for their attention – please use our online tools to email them or send them tweets so they remember to prioritize the Disability Community Act (H.R. 5902)! We are still looking for a Senate sponsor for our bill so your messages will be timely as we continue our lobbying visits on Capitol Hill. This will take less than five minutes but still have an effect.
If you are able, we would also encourage you to call your Congressional offices to ask them to support the Disability Community Act, to show that providers are vested in this issue. You can find guidance on how to call Congressional offices here. It is thanks to feedback from providers such as yourself that four U.S. Representatives agreed to introduce the Disability Community Act in the House, so we know grassroots efforts work. Now we need to replicate the magic with your Senators, and we cannot do it without you. As constituents, you are who Members of Congress want to hear from, more so than lobbyists in D.C.
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Doris Parfaite-Claude, Government Relations Manager, at or (703) 535 7850, ext. 108.
Thank you for your time and what you do – together, we can save our services! 

Shannon McCracken is a leader when it comes to supporting the needs of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. After a decade of experience at the two largest SCL agencies in Kentucky, she made the decision to embrace a new opportunity and start her own company, Commonwealth Case Management. While in the field, Shannon has won numerous national awards and served in multiple leadership positions, most recently with the Kentucky Association of Private Providers (KAPP). From November 2009 - 2012, she served as the Vice-President of Public Policy for the KAPP Board of Directors and served as President from 2012-2015. In 2016, KAPP made a significant investment in its future and offered Shannon a full-time position as the State Executive Director. Being so involved has enabled Shannon to stay at the leading edge and have a great understanding of what it takes to support people with disabilities.

Shannon is a graduate of Western Kentucky University...wife to Tony, mom to Davis (19) & Caroline (17.)

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