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Missouri Day on the Hill Draws Crowd for DC Trip

U.S. Congressman Lacy Clay was among the national leaders who addressed Missourians with disabilities, their parents guardians and other supporters during the 2018 Missouri Day on the Hill. The 2019 advocacy event will be July 16-18.
Over three-dozen Show-Me State family members and individuals will travel to Washington, D.C., July 16-18 for the fourth annual Missouri Day on the Hill. The advocacy event is designed to let the nation’s leaders hear directly from Missourians with developmental disabilities and their supporters.

Tracy Gritsenko, a key organizer and A Team Missouri representative, said plans are being finalized for the three-day event designed to focus on employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The turnout, one of the largest since the event began in 2016, is comprised predominantly of people with disabilities, their parents, guardians and other supporters.

After arriving in the nation’s capitol late Tuesday, July 16, the group will be hosted at an evening event by former U.S. Congressman Jon Porter of the Porter Group, who will talk with the Missourians about effective advocacy and their busy agenda for the following day. Tracy will also share details on important bills that could impact employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

“It’s also a chance for the families to get to know each other,” Tracy added.

Wednesday, July 17 will be busy from 7:30 am. to 7 p.m. The group has reserved a meeting room in the nation’s capital where they will meet individually with legislators, including the entire eight-member Missouri delegation of congress members and senators.

After the meetings, the group will be treated to a VIP tour of the capitol building arranged by Congressman Porter. The tour will feature inside looks at areas normally off limits to the public.

That evening, a special reception will be held at the historic Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C. Guests will include members of the Missouri State Society, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of Missourians living and working in the D.C. area who advocate for the state in the nation’s capital.

On Thursday, July 18, the group, likely tired, will fly home.

Of the 38 registered Missouri Day participants, most are individuals and families. Workshops with representation will come from across the state, including Industrial Aid in St. Louis, Central Missouri Subcontracting in Columbia, Mid-Mo Productivity & Packaging Specialists in Moberly, United Services in Bethany, CASCO in Harrisonville, and Lafayette Industries in Manchester.

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