DRM provides public policy education as part of its legal duty to engage in “advocacy, capacity building, and systems change activities."

DRM policy advocacy includes nonpartisan written and verbal analysis of federal, state and local legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives, focusing on the impact of those initiatives on people with disabilities. DRM does this work both independently and through collaboration with other stakeholders.

DRM and senior staff are registered Michigan lobbyists and engage in limited legislative lobbying activity using specific funds that allow such activity. Policy advocacy is limited by the scope of its funding sources and by its status as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. DRM does not support or oppose candidates or otherwise engage in partisan activities.

Public policy strategies will align with DRM’s current focus areas. DRM also responds to public initiatives that broadly affect the rights of people with disabilities, and sometimes will provide information in response to a specific request from a policymaker.

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