Wednesday, February 25, 2009

It's Crunch Time for Clay's Law

Clay's Law really needs your help. This may be our last opportunity to show legislators the strength and will of the Utah Autism Coalition. We are a unified group that will not stop fighting for equal rights for individuals with autism.

1. We need phone lines to the Senators CLOGGED with calls from Autism Advocates all day Thursday and again Friday morning. Please have everyone you know calling in. It is a powerful point to be made to legislators that we can control the flood of phone calls. We need the phone calls to be ON tomorrow!

2. There will be a Candle Light Vigil on the Capitol steps tomorrow evening from 5pm-7pm. Please bring your whole family, friends and neighbors to the Capitol Rotunda and bring candles. We will walk outside and light our candles together at 6pm. Bring any signs that you have made in support of Clay's Law. We will be able to hold them high during our vigil. Let us be clear... We need a HUGE showing for this vigil. It needs to be the most powerful statement thus far. Our goal is to have 1000 people attend, so please gather your friends and family and let's make it happen. A large attendance will draw media coverage and help carry the momentum into Friday's vote.

When: Thursday, February 26th, 2009
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Where: Utah State Capitol (rotunda and south steps)

3. Clay's Law will have it's final Senate vote (3rd reading) on Friday morning between 9am-noon. Please plan to attend and wear red. Please watch the blog for any updated information.

We have received many emails inquiring about Monday night's meeting. While we would love to answer all of these emails immediately, we simply don’t have time to respond to each one at this time. We want you to know that we are pressing forward with Clay's Law to require health insurance providers to stop discriminating against those with autism. We have decided to not pursue other funding sources that have been offered to us. However, there will be a few amendments to the bill in an effort to address the concerns raised by Senators who voted yes on the last vote. We are still working on those amendments.