Advocacy Day

Advocacy Days offer a way for you to learn about the legislative process in person.

Advocacy Days, part of the Advocacy Partnership Project, are held during each legislative session to involve self-advocates and families 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. 

Advocacy Day is a great way to learn about the legislative process in person.  Each Advocacy Day begins with an hour briefing at 10:00 in the morning. The briefing includes:

  • Special speakers
  • Information on current issues
  • Tips for success
  • Participants have several ways to  advocate during the day:
  • Meeting with legislators
  • Attending hearings
  • Writing and delivering messages to legislators

Limited travel reimbursements are available for on a one-time, first come, first-served basis.

Your feedback after attending each Advocacy Day is very important to us!

Please fill out our easy-to-use online evaluation form: 

Advocacy Day Feedback Form

Advocacy Partnership Project is a program of The Arc of Washington State funded by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council.

Check back soon for the list of 2019 Advocacy Days!


2018 Advocacy Days: Working in Harmony!

January 17th - 37th Annual Statewide Disability Legislative Reception

Our theme this year is “In Harmony” as we encourage legislators  to champion bills/budget items that are important to people with developmental  disabilities. We want to work in harmony with legislators to ensure services and supports are maintained. A new button with a musically themed message will be distributed to legislators each week. Join us at the United Churches for the DD Briefing on this year’s issues. (Held from 2:00 - 4:00 pm) Go have dinner, then attend the Legislative Reception which will be held in the Columbia Room from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

January 24th - Community Residential Services (Supported Living)

Self-advocates, supported living providers as well as family members and others join to let legislators know how important living in the community is and ask them to ensure that providers of these supports are paid a fair living wage. We will meet at United Churches at 10 am. This Advocacy Day is in partnership with the Community Residential Services Association (CRSA).

January 31st - Self Advocacy & Disability Pride

Self-advocates will lead the way on issues for the 2018 session that help them live in their community as independently as possible and show their pride in being valued members of society.

February 7th—Family Services (Including Multicultural Families)

Families provide the majority of care for people with DD, saving our state lots of money and helping individuals be participating members of their local communities. Whether your child is very young, a teen, or an adult, there are services that can benefit them. Respite care is critical service, but its often difficult to find a provider. Multicultural families often have a more difficult time accessing services and supports due to language barriers and cultural customs. Join Open Doors for Multicultural Families, Parent to Parent, local chapters of The Arc and Parent Coalitions who will share information. We encourage parents to come to this meeting and bring your children with you.

​NEW THIS YEAR! On Family Services Day we will have a special advocacy program just for kids! Learn how a lollipop goes through the bill process and take home a special coloring book!

February 14th - Disability Protections

This session we have a number of protection issues being raised: Chemicals in fast food wrappers and microwave popcorn, toxic chemicals in childrens' products,  supported decision-making, protection from institutionalization due to lack of sufficient resources in the community, and more.

February 21st - Employment Day & Rally (Including Multicultural Families)

Having a job means that individuals with DD can be productive citizens, contributing to our economy by paying taxes while also providing valued services. Its important that the transition programs in high school for those age 18-21 provide the supports that were intended. Transition programs in every high school around the state should provide services that help students leave the program with a job (School to Work). Many schools fail at this. After the 10 am information meeting at the United Churches, head over to the capital for the Employment Rally at 12:30.

February 28th—Budget Overview

Creating a supplemental budget is the one thing legislators are required to do during this legislative session. Our services may go in as a line item in the budget or as a proviso. It is important that you educate your legislators about the needs of people with DD. Learn what services and supports are proposed for cuts or increases and what you can do to help.

March 7th—Take Notes!

As the session is coming to a close, legislators are spending most of their time on the House or Senate floor voting on bills. You still have a huge job to do! Many bills never get a chance to be voted on, not because they aren’t important, but because there is not enough time to vote on all of them. You can help move your bills up in importance by sending notes in to your legislator while they are on the floor. We can help!


What to expect at Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day begins at 10 a.m. Wednesdays during the legislative session.  We start the day with an hour briefing on current issues and end with an afternoon of advocacy (about 3:00 p.m.).  While we feature a highlighted topic each week, the morning briefing will also cover late breaking news on budget items and bills of interest relating to individuals with developmental disabilities.

If this is your first visit and you need a guide for the day, please let us know when you register.  To register, please call: 1-888-754-8798, ext. 105, or e-mail:

Limited reimbursements for travel are available on a one time, first-come first-served basis. 

Please make legislative appointments at least two weeks in advance.  If you need assistance, call 1.888.754.8798, ext. 105.

Directions to Advocacy Day Locations

Coming I-5 “Northbound”:

  • Take Exit 105 (State Capitol/City Center)
  • Turn Right onto Jefferson (at the roundabout, DO NOT Go through tunnel)
  • First street to the left turn Left onto Eleventh Street (11th)
  • United Churces is on your right at the intersection of Washington & 11th)
  • No parking allowed at the church, use metered parking on the streets

Coming I-5 “ Southbound”:

  • Take Exit 105-A (State Capitol/City Center)
  • Turn Right onto Jefferson
  • First street to the left turn Left onto Eleventh Street (11th)
  • United Churces is on your right at the intersection of Washington & 11th)
  • No parking allowed at the church, use metered parking on the streets