What is Virtual Teal on the Hill?
Due to COVID-19, Teal on the Hill, our annual advocacy day, will again be virtual. But, that does not stop us from advocating.
We have put together two half days of presentations, panels, and tools to help you have the biggest impact with Members of Congress. Click here to see the schedule.
Is there a fee to attend the Virtual Teal on the Hill?
There is a fee of $50 per household.
You only need to pay one registration fee per household if all attendees are registered on the same invoice.
Why is there a fee?
Putting together an event of this magnitude has many related out-of-pocket costs. Primarily, they include the audio-visual fees and the consultants’ cost, who we work with to develop advocacy strategies and schedule the meetings with Members of Congress. The $50 does not cover the event’s cost but helps offset these expenses.
You can register here.
Is financial assistance available?
If you would like to attend the 2021 Teal on the Hill but can’t afford to do so, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who should attend?
Anyone who cares about issues facing the Spina Bifida community should attend. It’s going to take all of us working together to make a difference.
What kinds of issues should we discuss?
Tell your story. You are an expert in your own experience, and we’ll give you the tools to shape your story.
Critical issues for the Spina Bifida Association include a funding increase of $2 million for the National Spina Bifida Program at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), which will bring the total to $9 million for Fiscal Year 2022.
Other key initiatives are research, disability rights, affordable and accessible health insurance, and medical supplies and technologies.
When do I need to register?
The sooner, the better. Registration is open up until the day of the event. HOWEVER, if you want us to schedule meetings with your Members of Congress, we need to know by February 10.
Our goal is to advise you of the meeting you have prior to the event. Please know that there can often be a lot of back and forth with the congressional offices and schedules can change at the last minute.
Who will I be meeting with?
We work to schedule meetings with your Representatives and Senators. You will likely be meeting with other advocates from your area or nearby. In most cases, you will be meeting with your elected officials’ staff members. Our goal is to replicate the in-person experience as much as possible.
While these individuals may seem young, they are very bright and often have extensive experience.
How will I know what advocates I will be meeting with?
It depends on who else registers from your area. We will only schedule one meeting per congressional district and for each Senator. You will have time during the training on Tuesday to meet and develop a strategy with other people you will be grouped with.