Dear Secretary of State Candidate:
The Arc of Washington State is a non-profit organization that has advocated on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families since 1936. Washington State defines a developmental disability as:
“a disability attributable to Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Autism, or another neurological or other condition closely related to intellectual disability or that requires treatment similar to that required for individuals with intellectual disabilities, which originated before the individual attained age eighteen, continued or can be expected to continue indefinitely, and results in substantial limitations to an individual’s intellectual and/or adaptive functioning.” (RCW 71A.10.020(3))
The Arc’s vision is for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to be valued members of their communities with the opportunity to realize their full potential and a future that is secure.
The Arc does not endorse any candidates, but is committed to educating individuals, families and other community members about the issues that affect their lives to help enable them to make informed decisions.
This is a non-partisan questionnaire. Developmental disability funding is required in our State’s Constitution (Article XIII, Section 1).
The Arc of Washington State assists individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families, as well as service providers and their friends in the community, with making informed choices when they vote.
In order to understand your vision for people with developmental disabilities in our state, we invite you to fill out the short questionnaire below as a way to give constituents some insight into your position on, and possible solutions for, some of their most important issues. We will share your responses on our website (www.arcwa.org/takeaction) with our statewide network of advocates who will be interested in your views as they consider who would best represent them in this year’s elections.
Because not everyone easily learns from text, we invite you to video your responses!
Include your video link on the questionnaire. You can also include your photo on the page.
Questions? Contact Diana Stadden at (253) 576-6351 or Diana@arcwa.org
We look forward to hearing from you soon!