Thurston County Developmental Disabilities Coalition

Upcoming Events

Telling Your Story Workshop
November 9th, 2023 from 6:00-8:00 PM 
Whether you’re fine-tuning your ask or you want to learn to advocate for change. At the end of this session, you will know how to define and issue and advocate for policy and/or system change by drawing from personal experiences to make your point effectively and memorably. 
Practice Your Pitch 
November 13th, 2023 from 6:00-8:00 PM 
Finally! This is the time to practice telling your story in front of other advocates. You will receive the best feedback to help you refine your talking points to get your message across effectively and create change in community. 

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The Arc of Washington State is thrilled to welcome Michelle O’Dell as the Coordinator for the new Thurston Developmental Disabilities Coalition. Michelle comes to us having already started a coalition of interested community members who want to mobilize their voices and tell their stories. Michelle is a parent of a child with developmental disabilities and a strong advocate for change so families and individuals with IDD can tell their stories, get connected to the services they need, how and when they need them, and advocate for improvements to our DD system.  I can’t wait to support this great work so we can build a community that is stronger and better together.


Please contact Michelle to join the Thurston/Mason Developmental Disabilities Coalition by emailing: or call (360) 357-5596 ext. 7.


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