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National Fragile X 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, DC. 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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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
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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.
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!
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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
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.
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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
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