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National Fragile X Foundation Advocacy Day is an annual event sponsored and organized by the National Fragile X Foundation. It takes place in early March each year when Congress is considering the federal budget for the following year. Parents and family members impacted by Fragile X-associated Disorders are encouraged to take part in this powerful experience that provides a unique opportunity to let your voices be heard in Washington, D.C. We urge you to join us in our legislative advocacy effort. Rest assured that your voices, individually and collectively, will be heard loud and clear in the halls of Congress.
In just a few short years the modest investment that the NFXF has made in advocacy activities and the monumental effort of our advocates have resulted in nearly 10 million dollars in new investment by the federal government in Fragile X research and programming at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of Defense and a near doubling (from ~$15M to ~$29M yearly) in existing research programs at the NIH.
Your participation as a Fragile X Advocate makes a difference!
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On March 4 and 5, 2014, nearly 170 advocates, including a record number of self-advocates, braved the winter storm for the 11th annual National Fragile X Advocacy Day (NFXFAD). Due to the incoming snow, flights were cancelled left and right. Passengers were stranded at airports, others struggled to rebook their flights. Despite weather conditions, we knew this was our chance to make a statement: With a 160 meetings scheduled, not even Mother Nature could stop us from delivering our... » FULL ARTICLE
The bipartisan “Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act”—a bill authored by U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper with co-authors U.S. Reps. Peter Welch and Tom Cole—is heading to the president’s desk. The bill funds pediatric medical research with the money currently designated for political nominating conventions. “Our champion Rep. Gregg Harper is truly making waves for the Fragile X community right now, and the special needs community as a whole. This is one of the few bills to pass with... » FULL ARTICLE
We can not thank you enough for advocating for Fragile X in Washington, D.C. this year! Now that we’re back home, we want to share our advocates stories with the rest of the community. If you’ve got a great story or photos, send it to us through this form and we might include it in an upcoming article or campaign!
Get up and join me because we're going to advocate our butts off! Maybe advocating is not actually a proven workout technique, but it will result in improvements. is not just about Fragile X. Advocacy Day is about dissolving employment barriers and building economic opportunity. It's about all deserving individuals functioning as productive members of society. It's about the right to save and invest without penalties or loss of benefits. And overall, it's about constantly improving education and awareness. My First Advocacy Day My sister... » FULL ARTICLE
Some may call me a Washington Insider. I work inside the Beltway as a lobbyist who meets with Members of Congress every day trying to make a case for action. My office is right next to the Capitol. You could also call me a Fragile X Insider. » FULL ARTICLE
Registration is now open National Fragile X Advocacy Day is March 4-5, 2014. Let your voice be heard in the halls of Congress. Online Registration Full details can be found online at fxadvocacy.fragilex.org. We hope to see you in DC!
The official result of the Seaside trials was that STX209 did not do what its makers thought it would. The present structure of FDA trials requires that the proponents of a new drug predict what it will do and then conduct trials to determine whether the drug delivers the predicted results. If it does not, that particular trial is deemed a failure and cannot be relied upon to make the case for formal approval of the drug. » FULL ARTICLE
Earlier this week, Vice President Joseph Biden announced a new rule that represents a historic advance for individuals with disabilities. By strengthening longstanding regulations under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, the new rule aims to ensure that qualified workers have more meaningful opportunities to find, secure and keep good jobs. Many of you may be familiar with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, which mandates equal access to educational services for those... » FULL ARTICLE
For more than 10 years the NFXF has been participating in the life-sized chess game that is the federal budget. Even before the decision was made to bring the 2004 International Conference to Washington, DC, we had taken the plunge and begun participating in a number of efforts to impact the allocation of federal dollars to Fragile X programming and research. Since those early days, the National Institutes of Health has approximately tripled its yearly spending on FX research, which is now... » FULL ARTICLE
On May 17th, Representatives Gregg Harper and Eliot Engel will be hosting a Roundtable discussion on Fragile X and autism for members of Congress and their staff. Please send an email today to invite your Members of Congress to this important event. » FULL ARTICLE
On Fragile X Advocacy Day, nearly 200 FX advocates braved the "Snowstorm That Wasn't" and asked their Members of Congress to sign letters to appropriators that were circulating from Senators Stabenow and Isakson and Representatives Harper and Engel. Here's a copy of that signed Senate letter which has now been sent to the Appropriations Committee. If your Senators' name doesn't appear and you think it should have, give their office a call and politely inquire. Sometimes it's an honest mistake, so don't assume that you were promised something... » FULL ARTICLE
Reps. Harper & Engel Cite New Research Breakthroughs; to Host Congressional Roundtable on May 17th The article which appears below ran in yesterday’s Roll Call newspaper, which is delivered to all congressional offices and widely available on Capitol Hill. The authors are Congressional Fragile X Caucus Co-Chairmen Greg Harper (R-MS) and Eliot Engel (D-NY). In it they highlight the advancements being made in identifying the links between fragile X syndrome and autism. Also, on May 17, Harper and Engel will host a Congressional Roundtable on Capitol Hill that will bring together, for the first... » FULL ARTICLE
The "letter to appropriators" urging support for Fragile X funding has now been presented in the Senate by our FX champions, Senators Stabenow and Isakson. So far, none of their colleagues have signed on, but this is where YOU can help! Please write to both of your U.S. Senators today and ask them to join with our champions in supporting continued funding for FX. This is something your friends and family can join in, too! The more people who speak up, the better the chances for widespread Senate support. Thank... » FULL ARTICLE
It’s Advocacy Time Again—Fragile X Needs Your Help Today! As you all know, nearly 200 Fragile X advocates gathered in Washington, DC on March 6 to brave the snow storm that wasn’t and then hand-carry our message to support FX research right into the halls of Congress. Typically the “Dear Colleague” and “Letter-to-Appropriators” we want our Members of Congress to sign would have been circulating before now…but nothing is typical in DC these days. That means the letter is circulating only NOW and TODAY is the day to write to your MOC and ask him or her to join with our other... » FULL ARTICLE
The UC Davis MIND Institute reported on its website that a $3 million grant will allow their research team to investigate the effectiveness of testing procedures to examine the spoken language development of people with fragile X syndrome and people with Down syndrome. The grant was awarded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and the Human Development of the National Institutes of Health. The study will evaluate the reliability and sensitivity of a language-evaluation procedure that Abbeduto has pioneered for... » FULL ARTICLE