Legislative advocacy refers to efforts to influence legislation for your cause. The results of legislative advocacy are seen in the many laws that now protect the rights of individuals with disabilities.
The most common form of legislative advocacy is direct lobbying which involves contacting your legislator and expressing your views and asking them to vote a specific way on a bill. Since most new laws originate in the legislature, legislative advocacy can be an extremely powerful tool for shaping policy. Lobbying can be done with something as easy as a phone call or letter, or by a formal meeting with the legislator or their staff.