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“Where Knowledge and Action Unite.” For some time now, ADAO’s annual Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference (AAPC) has been adorned by this title. Each year we commit ourselves to exploring this same, seemingly limitless question: how can we share all that we know to affect the most change possible?

In addition to our lunch on Capitol Hill, we’re excited to announce a pre-conference event that we believe will help us implement the power of our knowledge and actions like never before. For the first time within the context of the AAPC conference experience, we will be opening up the opportunity for ADAO community members (who have registered for the conference) to meet face to face with the Congressional leaders to share their  stories and support for the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act

We are looking forward to taking all that our conference can offer and delivering it directly to the individuals who can make the most of it. The lived experience of asbestos victims, the expertise of world-renowned physicians and academics, the vision of advocacy-minded artists – we will be harnessing all of this knowledge to truly and unequivocally take action.

These meetings, which, due to timing and personnel constraints  will be limited in number, will serve as a kick-off for the entire conference weekend. They will be held during the day on Friday, April 3rd.

As advocacy and education are not the only focus of AAPC, this is not the only aspect of Friday’s itinerary. Community building is, and always has been, a profoundly important goal of our annual conferences, and with this in mind, we are excited to announce that we will be offering another Capitol Tour for all conference attendees. We hope that this can serve as a pre-conference opportunity to connect with your fellow advocates, creating the familial and warm environment that our conferences always provide. 

Here is the tentative schedule for the 2020 AAPC Lunch and Senate Meetings:

12:00 Leave Marriott
12:30 Capitol Hill Lunch 
2:00 Walk to Hart, Dirksen, or Russell Senate Offices 
2:30 Senate Meetings 
4:00 Return to the Marriott 
6:00 Community Dinner (not mandatory)

Every voice matters. This is a great opportunity to really help Congress-members from around the nation hear and understand the harm that asbestos causes, both those who are sick and the people who love them. This will be just the beginning of a wonderful weekend of education, advocacy, and community. We look forward to seeing you this April. 

Together, change is possible!

Linda Reinstein 
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