2023 Advocacy Days

Advocacy Days, part of The Arc’s Advocacy Partnership Project, are held during each legislative session to involve individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD), their families and their service providers in the legislative process, giving them opportunities to make their voices heard by their legislators and to have an impact on policy and budget legislation that affects the services and supports available to them. To make the meetings more accessible to people all around the state, we have moved to a virtual platform on Zoom.



Looking for the Legislative Notebook Meeting? Click here!


Pre-Session Virtual Advocacy Day

Legislators talk about Committee Days and the 

2023 Legislative Session

Special Guest Speakers Include Governor Inslee’s Senior Policy Advisor Amber Leaders, Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins, Representative Mia Gregerson, Senator Judy Warnick, Representative Frank Chopp, Representative Matt Boehnke, Senator Yasmin Trudeau and Representative Peter Abbarno

What are Committee Days? What does a caucus do? How does the Rules Committee work? What is the difference between the Operating and Capital budgets? Washington State Legislators convene prior to each legislative session for Committee Assembly Days for both the House and Senate in late November/early December. They hold work sessions, assign committee members, and plan for the 2023 legislative session. Find out what Committee Days will mean for you! Attend this Virtual Advocacy Day so that you will be prepared and ready to go!



2023 Virtual Advocacy Days

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Click HERE to let us know how each Advocacy Day was for you! Fill out the short form for each week you attend!


Haz clic aquí para dejarnos saber cómo le fue en cada uno de los Días de abogacía. Favor de llenar el cuestionario corto por cada semana que asistió.


January 18th – Briefing on IDD Issues Agenda  Meeting Chat


These Virtual Advocacy Days begin at 10:00 am. Spanish translators provided. Please register at the links below (different link for each week).


January 25th – Housing, Supported Living, Closing Rainier

Agenda      Jessica’s Life     Julie’s Story   Shawn Shares   Daniel Eidelson-UW LEND Trainee

HUGE in-person rally on the Capitol Steps! Read the Press Release here. Watch the KING 5 coverage here.


February 1st – Employment Services & Rates   Agenda   Governor’s Proclamation


February 8th – Community Inclusion & Community Engagement   Agenda 

Watch KING 5 story: New Community Center for neurodiverse young adults     Scott’s Story     Jessica Speaks


February 15th – Residential Crisis: Finding a Home    Agenda    Dept. of Commerce    Open Doors Video      Partners4Housing Video     Family Mentor Project   WA Housing Crisis Referendum


February 22nd – Out-of-Home & In-Crisis   Agenda   I Want to go Home Report    Meseret’s Story    Austin Jenkins Interview    Seattle Times-Jack Hayes     Abandoned in the ER    People Will Die Waiting   Severe Autism    Institutionalizing Her Son Was the Only Option    33 days without sunlight    CIIBS Waiver

  Check out other links in the Meeting Chat


March 1st – TEFRA & Waiver Services

Agenda    Home is in the Community (video)   UW Project Echo (video)    Intro to the DD Ombuds & DDA Eligibility     60 Voices-Community Protection Program   Waiver Amendments-Public Comment

Check out other links in the Meeting Chat 


March 8th – Early Education, Caps, & Restraints/Isolation   

Agenda     Meeting Chat      SHB 1479     Easy-to-Read Guides   Coming Into the Light       Crisis Response Workgroup       King County School to Work       WA Isn’t Doing Enough       You Get Proud By Practicing


March 15th – Family and Senior Supports   

Agenda   Multicultural Community Survey   Open Doors Video   Meeting Chat


March 22nd – Caseload Forecasting in the Budget

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sdO2grj0qHd3_WX5izcZYhtpt8J9bNzRW


March 29th – Workforce Shortage

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArd-uupz4iHNC3b-shnWgF0svgZZO6cP1F


April 5th – *Residential Habilitation Centers (RHC)

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUodumgrj4iHdV7KWhJxGVIR25r2SCi-FFJ


* Focus will be on the Rainier Lawsuit and downsizing with eventual closure


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