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Public Comment: The Process

Through public comment periods, policymakers can learn about what individuals in the community think of proposed changes to policies and programs. It is a great way for community members to get involved and note how they feel about any new initiatives. Through community participation in public comment periods, policymakers can learn what changes are important to individuals and which ones are not needed or could be improved. This feedback is valuable as policymakers develop and implement programs to serve community needs.

The Process

  1. The government asks for your opinion on a new program or policy change.
  2. They hold public comment periods to learn your opinions.
  3. Policymakers then take your feedback and make changes to the proposed plan.

The Purpose

Your participation lets policymakers know what you think of new ideas. With your feedback, policymakers can make changes to their plans to better serve you and your needs.

Public comment periods are one of the best ways to have your opinion heard and advocate for change on issues you are passionate about!

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.