Is the 2020 Teal on the Hill Advocacy Day canceled?
No. the 2020 Teal on the Hill Advocacy Day has not been canceled. However, for the health and safety of our community, and in alignment with best practices laid out by the CDC, the World Health Organization, and other relevant professionals regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), we are revising Teal on the Hill to be a virtual event. There will be no in-person training or meetings. We hope you will continue to participate in this online event.
I made hotel reservations for the in-person event. Should I cancel?
Yes. We have notified the conference hotel (Hilton Old Town Alexandria) that we will no longer host an in-person event at the hotel this year. Please call the hotel at [insert phone number] to ensure your room is canceled. If you do not cancel your reservation 3 days before your arrival, cancellation fees may apply. Call (703)837-0440 to talk to the hotel. If you are having trouble reaching the hotel, please call our meeting planner Krista DiCaprio at (518) 573-1839.
Should I cancel my travel arrangements?
Yes, you should immediately contact your airline, bus, or rail service to cancel your travel reservations.
Will SBA refund my Teal on the Hill registration?
Yes, we will refund the full registration fee to everyone who had registered for the in-person Teal on the Hill. We are working through this process as fast as we can but please allow up to 2 weeks for the refund to be processed and the funds to be returned to your account.
What is Virtual Teal on the Hill?
This year, we will spend a day online advocating together. We will have workshops, presentations, and steps on how we can make the biggest impact with your Members of Congress during this time.
Is there a fee to attend the Virtual Teal on the Hill?
No, the event is free. We ask that you register and we will provide that information at a later date.
Who should attend Virtual Teal on the Hill?
This advocacy opportunity is open to everyone.
What kinds of issues should we discuss?
That is up to you. Talk about what’s important to you and others you know. It may be challenging to find a health care provider experienced in caring for someone with Spina Bifida, medical supplies, or insurance concerns. And if it’s an issue on your mind, it probably impacts someone else.
Critical issues for the Spina Bifida Association include continued funding for the Spina Bifida program at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), research, disability rights, and affordable and accessible health insurance and medical supplies and technologies.