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

 

2016 Advocacy Day Schedule  NEW!

Advocacy Days are typically held at one of these locations:

  • General Administration (GA) Building, 210 - 11th Ave SW, Olympia, 98501 (to the right side of the Capitol)
  • The United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501  (across the street from the Capitol)
  • Columbia Room, 416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98504 (First floor of the Dome Legislative Building)
  • Click here for a map of the Capitol Campus

January 11th - First day of legislative session

January 20th - Legislative Briefing/Reception

A folder of one-page information sheets on pertinent issues for the 2016 legislative session, along with charts and data from the Developmental Disabilities Administration, will be reviewed. (Held at The United Churches from 2:00 - 4:00 pm) The annual Legislative Reception will be held in the Columbia Room from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

January 27th - Supported Living Services

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 The United Churches at 10 am, then head over to the capitol for a rally. (More details to come)

February 3rd - Budget Overview 

Creating a supplemental budget is the one thing legislators are required to do during this legislative session. Learn what services and supports are proposed for cuts or increases and what you can do to help. (Held at The United Churches)

February 10th - Self-Advocacy/Disability Pride

Self-advocates will lead the way on issues for the 2016 session that help them live in their community as independently as possible and show their pride in being valued members of society.  (Held at The United Churches)

February 17th - Power Up Families

Families provide the vast majority of care for people with developmental disabilities, saving our state money and helping individuals be participating members of their local communities. Our state has created a new Waiver to provide services to 4,000 additional families in our state. The Community First Choice (CFC) program has now replaced Medicaid Personal Care. Parent to Parent, local chapters of The Arc and Parent Coalitions will share what this means to you. We encourage parents to come to this meeting and bring your children with you. (Held at the General Administration Building)

February 24th - Disability Protections

We have the right to demand the end to unnecessary toxic chemicals invading our homes, our environment, almost every aspect of our lives. Harmful flame retardants are in furniture and children's products, but don't prevent or slow down fires. They do, however, cause developmental harm to our children, cancer in our pets, our firefighters and ourselves. In addition, we will look at pending legislation on other issues such as isolation of people with disabilities, guardianship and more. (Held at the General Administration Building)

March 2nd - Employment for All

Everyone has the right to live, work and play in their local community. Having a job means that individuals with developmental disabilities can be productive citizens, contributing to our economy by paying taxes while providing valued services. Join self-advocates, families and employment service providers from Community Employment Alliance (CEA) as we ensure that supports are available to all those who need them. (Held in the Columbia Room with a rally afterwards, more details to come)

To see a wrap-up from the 2015 session:

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: bean@arcwa.org

Click here for a map of the Capitol Campus.

Limited reimbursements for travel and interpreter service 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)
  • Go through the light (which is the intersection of Washington & 11th)
  • Go one block farther and the GA Building is on your right

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)
  • Go through the light (which is the intersection of Washington & 11th)
  • Go one block farther and the GA Building is on your right

Parking

Limited parking is available next to the GA Building.  General Administration provides information regarding available satellite parking locations and the latest updates on closures or changes. E-mail bean@arcwa.org for a map or more information.