Advocacy Organizations

Self-Advocates and Parents and Community Members join together to bring about positive change.


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. To learn more and to get involved check out our self-advocacy page.

Parent Coalitions:

Parents of children with an intellectual/developmental disability need to connect with other parents for support and resources. Throughout Washington State you will find Parent Coalitions who have parents and guardians who have walked the walk and can help parents organize their voices and be heard on issues important to them.

Local Chapters of The Arc:

Parents and self-advocates can get involved with their local chapter of The Arc. During legislative session they organize members to build a coordinated advocacy effort through local legislative forums. Some chapters offer Leadership workshops and other local resources.