From The Olympia Insider

New Community First Choice Program

Bea Rector of Home & Community Services talks about a new program ahead that will affect tens of thousands of individuals receiving personal care. It's called Community First Choice. Hosted by Ed Holen and…...

Changes to Individual and Family Services

Sheila Collins, Program Manager for DDA's Individual & Family Services (IFS), talks about upcoming changes to the program and what it will mean for clients currently enrolled in IFS. Hosted by Ed Holen and…...

Milestones in Disability History: The Respectful Language Act

10 years ago, a coalition of advocates decided to do something about the derogatory labels used to describe people with disabilities. They called it The Respectful Language Act. What they did had never been…...

It’s a Wrap!

Session 2014 is over and the results are in: more funding and better policies for developmental disability programs and services. Hosted by Ed Holen and Sue Elliott...

It’s all about the money (and jobs!)

The House and Senate budget are out, but only one tackles the wait list for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Find out which one it is, and how to let your legislators…...

Stayin’ Alive

It's the sixth week of a nine week session—a time when most bills fail to meet crucial cut-off dates, however, several pieces of legislation benefiting persons with developmental disabilities are alive and well. Back…...

Best Bill Round Up…Ever

As legislators hunker down for some crucial bill deadlines, Diana Stadden and Alexa Atkins report on bills worth supporting during these critical cut-off dates. Hosted by Sue Elliott and Ed Holen. You won't want…...

Tackling the Wait List

Several pieces of legislation seek to remedy the issue of DDA's perpetual wait list for services--from refinancing Medicaid Personal Care to get more federal dollars to changing the Individual & Family Support to a…...

Support for Supported Living

Supported Living providers, family members and self-advocates rally for increased wages and benefits for this vital service that helps individuals live in the community with greater independence. Hosted by Ed Holen and Sue Elliott....

Great Expectations

Get the inside scoop on the Governor's budget for developmental disabilities, including an interview with Andi Smith, Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Inslee. Hosted by Sue Elliott and Ed Holen....

Managed Care in Arizona - Part 1

This presentation is part of a two-day forum convened by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council, in partnership with The Arc of Washington State. To view other videos in this series, click on the…...

Managed Care in Michigan - Part 2

The following presentation is part of a two-day forum convened by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council, in partnership with The Arc of Washington State....

Managed Care in Wisconsin - Part 3

The following presentation is part of a two-day forum convened by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council, in partnership with The Arc of Washington State....

Managed Care in Washington - Part 4

The following presentation is part of a two-day forum convened by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council, in partnership with The Arc of Washington State....

Managed Care Q&A - Part 5

Participants in the forum ask presenters from Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin questions about implementation in their states....

Managed Care - Part 6

Managed Care Review: Barbara Brent of the NASDDDS reviews the possibilities and pitfalls of managed care for persons with developmental disabilities, with advice on how to ensure that whatever path is taken is one…...

Power Point Presentations

Jefferson County Public Health - Developmental Disabilities Program has created a series of video presentations to help educate people about a variety of topics: Guardianship and Other Alternatives P2P…...

Olympia Insider: SB 5905

Senate Bill 5905 seeks to modify employee eligibility for health insurance benefits for state employees working less than 30 hours a week. The bill would affect members of State Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199…...

Thanks to You

Hosts Ed Holen and Sue Elliott highlight budget successes, thanks to the many individuals and families who got involved. Get a glimpse of some of the many people who put a face on the…...

Budget Update: So Far, So Good

Family members and advocates react to Wednesday's release of the House budget. Hosted by Sue Elliott and Ed Holen....

Budget Battles Begin

The Senate budget proposals are expected to be released on the heels of Gov. Inslee's budget priorities, with the House proposals to follow after. Health and human services lobbyist, Melissa Johnson, talks about this…...

Parents Making Change on the Hill and in the Schools

Parents travel to Olympia, asking lawmakers to require that schools notify them if their children are restrained or secluded. Hosted by Sue Elliott and Ed Holen....

Desperate for Respite

Advocates send a message to legislators about the need for respite and other vital services for individuals and families. Hosted by Ed Holen and Sue Elliott....

The Budget March Begins

As session passes its halfway mark, the budget process starts to heat up. Hear what advocates are asking legislators to keep in mind as the Senate and House shape their budget proposals....

Home and Community: Making Room for More

Lance Morehouse talks about the importance of home and community based waiver services in his son's life and the need to offer the same opportunities to those waiting for waiver services, especially young adults…...

Saving Medicaid

It's chilly outside, but inside the legislature, things are heating up as session nears a critical cutoff date this Friday, February 22nd. Advocates arrive on the hill to push for legislation that restores cuts…...

A Whirlwind Week on the Hill

Parents provide compelling testimony on behalf of the 15,000 families on DDD No Paid Services Caseload at a hearing earlier this week, while advocates for employment services make their voices heard on the hill.…...

Advocacy Day: Your Passport to 2013

Diana Stadden rolls out a new feature of 2013 Developmental Disability Advocacy Days: the Passport. Find out what it is and how coming to Olympia for Advocacy Days has its rewards. Hosted by Ed…...

No Paid Services Caseload…Bad Luck or Bad Policy?

The mother of a son with autism shares how being on the No Paid Services Caseload for more than 15 years drove her family to the brink of crisis. Hosts Ed Holen and Sue…...

New Year, New Faces, Same Old Budget Reality

Hosts Ed Holen and Sue Elliott share some familiar issues facing advocates for children and adults with developmental disabilities, but with a different twist: a new governor and many new legislators means educating lawmakers…...

Life After High School - Part 2

In this second part of a two part series on life after high school, find out from parents and professionals in the disability field what you need to know to help create a smooth…...

Life After High School - Part 1

In the first of this two part series on life after high school, find out from parents and professionals in the disability field what you need to know to help create a smooth transition to…...

Changes to Guardianship

In 2011, legislation was passed that requires training for all lay (non-professional, or family) guardians. In addition, guardianships now have expiration dates as a way to ensure that guardians are filing the proper reports.…...

Community Living (2)

This video is Part 2 of the Community Living series, focusing on affordable housing options for adults with disabilities....

Community Living (1)

Community Living: Options for Adults with Developmental Disabilities (Part One) This video explores different uses of Medicaid Personal Care for adults with developmental disabilities....

Governor Gregoire signs Senate Bill 6384

Governor Gregoire signs Senate Bill 6384, putting employment first....

Episode 8: A Ninth Order Game Changer

Hosts Ed Holen and Sue Elliott, along with lobbyist Melissa Johnson, explain what all the fuss was about last Friday when the Senate majority lost control of the budget....

Episode 7: Budget Update…Smiles All Around

Host Sue Elliott and Advocacy Coordinator Diana Stadden share some much needed good news about the budget for developmental disabilities. Advocates respond....

Olympia Insider Episode 6: Keep Some, Cut Some

Hosts Ed Holen and Sue Elliott recap the impact of this week's House Budget proposals. Meanwhile hundreds of advocates rally for services on the Capitol steps....

Olympia Insider Episode 5: Spotlight on Autism

Hosts Ed Holen and Sue Elliott put the spotlight on autism, featuring special guest Dawn Sidell of the NW Autism Center....

Olympia Insider Episode 4: It’s All About Jobs

Host Ed Holen and special guest Marcie Taylor discuss the importance of employment support services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Individuals share what having a job means to them....

Olympia Insider Episode 3: Medicaid Matters

Hosts Ed Holen and Sue Elliott focus on the single most important source of funding for DD services: Medicaid. Individuals with developmental disabilities and parents explain what Medicaid looks like in their lives....

Olympia Insider Episode 2: A Troubling Tale

Hosts Ed Holen and Sue Elliott recap the week's legislative news. In this episode, Ed shares the results of a survey of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families on the DDD no paid…...

New Year, Same Old Problems

Hosts Sue Elliott and Ed Holen frame the issues facing legislators for the 2012 Session....

Saving Our Lifeline

Hundreds turn out for the disability community's Save Our Lifeline rally, held on the first day of special session. Catch up with advocates at the rally and, later that evening, at a candlelight vigil....

Governor Gregoire Proposes A Way to Prevent Harmful Budget Cuts

Governor Gregoire release her proposed budget, that now goes to the legislature for consideration during the special session that begins on November 28, 2011. Sue Elliott and Donna Patrick talk about some of the things…...

November 16th Thurston County Legislative Forum

The November 16th Thurston County Legislative Forum focused on the impact of proposed budget cuts to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). People with I/DD and their families share real life stories of…...

Unprecedented Times

November 2, 2011 - Andi Smith, social and health services policy aide to Governor Gregoire, puts the governor's budget alternatives and devastating cuts into the larger context of economic realities. Hosts Ed Holen and…...

King County Parent Coalition Responds to Proposed Budget Cuts

Members of the King County Parent Coalition respond to the news of devastating budget cuts to developmental disability services....

SAIL Responds to Budget Proposals

SAIL (Self Advocates in Leadership) responds to the budget proposals....

Olympia Insider Special Budget Edition

Hosts Ed Holen and Sue Elliott highlight devastating proposed cuts to services....

SB 5459 Bill Signing Ceremony

Governor Gregoire signs SB 5459, which directs the closure of Frances Haddon Morgan Center, one of five state Residential Habilitation Centers....

It’s a wrap

Wrap up and review of the 2011 legislative session....

Olympia Insider Budget Round Up: The Good, The Bad and The Challenging

Hosts Ed Holen and Sue Elliott walk through the latest round of budget proposals for developmental disability programs....

Olympia Insider 12: Independent Living Rocks!

While legislators hunker down to deal with an ever worsening budget climate, disability advocates are not waiting around to learn the results—they are speaking up for community and independent living services....

Olympia Insider Episode 11: Walk in Our Shoes

DD advocates respond to last week’s announcement of a dismal revenue forecast and threats to deeper cuts....

Olympia Insider Episode 10: Family to Family

Nanette Whightsel from The Arc of Indiana talks about the success of Family to Family mentoring for those transitioning out of institutions and into the community....

Olympia Insider Episode 9

Half Way…Where? Legislative session is in the final stretch, so where do individuals and families stand when it comes to funding for basic supports?...

Olympia Insider Episode 8

Olympia Insider Episode 8 highlights the fight to save Medicaid Personal Care services from deep cuts....

Olympia Insider Episode 7

Olympia Insider Episode 7: Headlines and Deadlines...

Olympia Insider Episode 6: Family and Community

Olympia Insider Episode 6 highlights last week’s hearing on shared parenting legislation....

Olympia Insider Episode 5: Everyone Deserves a Payday

Olympia Insider Episode 5 features citizens coming to Olympia to advocate for Supported Employment....

Olympia Insider Episode 4: Closing Institutions and Opening Doors to Community

Ed Holen and Sue Elliott cover this week’s Senate Health & Long Term Care committee hearing on bills that propose the closure of two state institutions for persons with developmental disabilities....

Clip of the Week

Announcing Clip of the Week—an opportunity to share your video clips from Olympia during legislative session....

Olympia Insider Episode 3: Can You Hear Me Now?

January 26, 2011 recap of the week’s news on developmental disabilities, featuring coverage of Monday’s Senate Health and Long Term Care hearing on Senate Bill—5059 Autism Insurance Parity. Hosted by Ed Holen and Sue Elliott....

Olympia Insider Epsiode 2: Top Priority

January 19, 2011 recap of the day’s news on developmental disabilities, featuring advocates’ legislative priorities and a word from Senator Ed Murray (D-43). Hosted by Ed Holen and Sue Elliott....

The Olympia Insider Welcome 2011

Hosts Ed Holen and Sue Elliott introduce a new look to The Olympia Insider podcast series on developmental disabilities issues; and, in the process, catch up with Governor Gregoire’s budget director, Marty Brown, for his…...