Major Rally at the Capitol

Mar 07, 2011, 15:55 ET from The Arc of Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by The Arc of Missouri:

WHEN:  March 9, 2011, 11 a.m.

WHAT: 10th Annual Disability Rights Legislative Day

WHERE:  The Missouri State Capitol Rotunda

WHO: Advocates and lawmakers (including Jay Nixon (invited), Speaker of the House Steven Tilley, Senators Scott Rupp, Maria Chappelle-Nadal, Jolie Justice and Representative Jeff Grisamore)

WHY: More than 800 people from all over the Show-Me State will flood the capital to acknowledge the importance and contributions of Missourians with disabilities and to ask lawmakers for support.  One major topic of discussion, among others, is the recent Senate Bill 56/House Bill 411/421 which calls for the Department of Mental Health to develop a plan for serving people in community-based settings instead of less dignified, much more expensive institutions.  

The Governor is invited to speak at 11:15 a.m., followed by fellow lawmakers as well as "real people."  Those folks will include parents of children with disabilities, former institutionalized residents, Missourians who are on the waiting list for services, friends and allies from all corners of the state.  Each of these people is willing and able to share their personal stories with the media.  

The event features two rallies; one at 11:15 a.m. and the other at 2:30 p.m.  Key legislators and self-advocates will speak at the rallies.

Good photo opportunity: Between 12-12:30. This is the time when the crowd will disperse for individual visits with their legislators.

For more information contact:

Cathy Brown - Chair of the 10th Annual Disability Rights Legislative Day Planning Committee at (c.573-690-1751) or

Please look for the registration table for media help.

SOURCE The Arc of Missouri