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Real stories are the most powerful tool for creating change. Whether we are making our case with a Congressional staffer, a member of the press, or our neighbors, we are most successful when we can describe the real human impact of an issue—and give the issue a name and a face. If you’ve been affected by bullying or discrimination, have been denied access to health care, housing, or education, your story will help us fight those problems. If you want to educate your fellow Americans about the powerful, ambitious, excellent person you are, your story will help us break down stereotypes. If you simply support justice—because of a family member with a disability or simply because of your values—your story will educate and inspire.

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