How to Contact Congress if I Need Help With Disability
By Nicholas Smith
Members of Congress are elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. In addition to writing and passing legislation, each member has a full-time staff that engages in constituent casework for the elected official. If you have a disability issue, open a case with your elected House member and two U.S. Senators. Do not be afraid to contact all three officials, as they are elected to serve all of their constituents. Any one of your three federal representatives may be able to solve your problem.
Locate your member of Congress' contact information. You are represented by one member of the U.S. House of Representatives and two U.S. Senators, per the US constitution. House members are elected by numbered districts, while each state has two elected Senators.
Write down the mailing addresses, phone numbers and fax numbers for your Representative and your U.S. Senators.
Email your member of Congress and both U.S. Senators. Staff members routinely read email from constituents living within the proper jurisdictions. Include sufficient details, so that the staff member can resolve your problem. Be as brief, but as accurate, as possible. For example, if you were denied Social Security disability benefits, include the exact reason in the letter and request assistance obtaining the benefits. Quote specific lines from the rejection letter you received in the mail.
Call the member's office, in addition to sending an email. Tell the staff member that you need help with your disability, such as obtaining Social Security disability benefits. The staff member will open a case for you and track your case until it is resolved.
Write a letter to your member of Congress detailing your problem. However, fax the letter to them for faster response. Sending the letter through the post office, although acceptable, will take longer to reach your elected official.
Nicholas Smith has written political articles for SmithonPolitics.com, "The Daily Californian" and other publications since 2004. He is a former commissioner with the city of Berkeley, Calif. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California-Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law.