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DDVA Dyslexia Advocacy Day Info 2017



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Date of Meeting: Tuesday, 1/31/17

Time of Meeting: 9:30am – 3:00pm

Location: 7th Floor West Conference Room

7th Floor West Conference Room General Assembly Building 

Join DDVA on January 31, 2017 for a day of dyslexia advocacy work. On our fourth annual organized advocacy day, we will bring the community together at the Richmond General Assembly Building to visit legislators in their offices to educate them on dyslexia by sharing our stories in order to direct their attention toward the almost 1 in 5 Virginians that are affected.

Let us know if you have an appointment with your legislator here:

Advocacy Day Canvassing Efforts – Log your appointment here!

Join us on January 30th at the Capital Ale House at 6pm to introduce ourselves, see old friends and learn about the next day’s advocacy work!


Capital Ale House

623 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23219

Monday, January 31st


Google Map Link:

How can you help?

Reach out to your representatives TODAY to schedule a visit in your district office in the coming months or for a sit down in their office in Richmond on January 31st if the date is close. Our lobbying consultants have shared that a legislator with prior knowledge of dyslexia will be much more likely to vote for a proposed bill! Share why the Virginia General Assembly should pass dyslexia legislation in 2017? This means we need to make our introductions now so that our time in Richmond will be used for further education and (hopefully) an introduction to the proposed legislation we would like to get passed.

What is ‘The Ask”?

Call your legislators and ask them to CO-SPONSOR Senator Richard Black’s SB1516  and Delegate Ben Cline’s mirroring bill HB2395 in support of each school district employing a dyslexia specialist.

And ask them if they would like to write a draft bill to support our efforts. If not this year, then next year! DDVA will be happy to share some suggestions on areas to focus if the interest is there. If not, ask them to support the proposed bill(s) we hope to have during the 2017 legislative session.


Use these links to support your lobbying efforts:

Legislative Leave Behind Document – PRINT 10 COPIES TO SHARE!

Why should the Virginia General Assembly pass dyslexia legislation in 2017?

DDVA Advocacy Packet

Talking Points

Find Your Legislator

Contact DDVA with questions at


Capitol Information and Parking:

Visitor’s Guide can be found here.  An area map is included on the last page of the guide.   Virginia State Capitol Visitor’s Guide

Pay parking lots and decks are nearby on 8th and Grace Street 

and 7th and Marshall Streets.

Food Service: Meriwether’s Cafe offers several dining options and venues for guests visiting the Capitol. In the new Capitol Extension is a cafe, open to the public, Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Meriwether’s also operates a cafeteria in the General Assembly Building on the 6th floor, open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. 

The cafeteria offers some hot meals, as well as sandwiches and beverages. There is also a sandwich express window open during session each year. 

The Vending machines are located in the basement and floors 2, 3, and 7.

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