Self Advocacy

People with developmental disabilities impacting Washington State’s values and policies.

Individuals who have an intellectual/developmental disability want to be able to live their lives in their own communities, enjoying the same daily freedom that others often take for granted. As the number of people being relegated to state institutions continues to decline, the self-advocacy movement continues to grow stronger. Throughout the state, self advocacy groups are impacting the values and policies of our state.  The Arc of Washington State, through a grant from the Developmental Disabilities Council, offers technical assistance to groups interested in legislative advocacy. To arrange a workshop or presentation in your area, contact SAIL via phone at 1.888.754.8798, ext. 102, or by email at


Self Advocates in Leadership (SAIL)

Self Advocates in Leadership (SAIL) is a coalition of over 200 people with developmental disabilities interested in shaping public policy in Washington State.    People with disabilities can have a powerful voice in the legislature.


People First of Washington (PFOW)

People First is a self-advocacy organization of, for and by people with developmental and other disabilities. We are people first, our disabilities are secondary! People First is one of the oldest and most active self organizations in the world, starting in 1977.


Allies in Advocacy

Allies in Advocacy is a group of individuals with disabilities who came together to strengthen the disability civil rights movement, especially for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.