What is Virtual Teal on the Hill?

Due to COVID-19, Teal on the Hill, our annual advocacy summit, 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. 

 

Is there a fee to attend the Virtual Teal on the Hill?

$100 - Community Champion: Covers the cost of your ticket and 2 others that can't afford the full price of a standard ticket.
$50 - Standard Ticket: Covers the cost of your ticket
$25 - Community Supported Ticket: For those who cannot afford the price of a standard ticket. 

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.

When do I need to register by?

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 11.

If you register after February 11, you'll still be able to attend the training days but we cannot guarantee you a meeting with your local congress member. 

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 include research, disability rights, affordable and accessible health care, affordable medical supplies, affordable assistive devices. 

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 and influence. 

 

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.