In-Depth Legislative Advocacy Workshop

This state legislative advocacy workshop will provide a more in-depth experience into the intricate workings of the legislative process. Participants will learn about identifying legislative partners, fostering legislative relationships, tracking bills, crafting legislation, testifying, understanding how to read bills and amendments, coalition building, creating fact sheets, position papers, grassroots advocacy strategies, and the administrative rule-making process.


Laura Cellini

Laura Cellini has been an autism policy advocate lobbying Illinois government for nearly two decades. She worked for a State Senate majority leader, a highly respected lobbying firm, was a graduate assistant for the Illinois Campaign Finance Project, and has served on Illinois government and nonprofit organization advisory committees.  She has been closely involved in the creation and passage of numerous laws in Illinois for children with autism and related health issues, including the creation of the first statewide autism project. She chaired the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver subcommittee of the Illinois Autism Task Force, and was instrumental in the drafting and passage of the Illinois Autism Insurance Mandate.