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

 

2017 Advocacy Day Schedule  COMING SOON!

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

 

To see a wrap-up from the 2016 session:

 

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: 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.