Welcome our new Executive Director:
The Arc of Washington State Board is very pleased to welcome Stacy Dym as our new Executive Director. She began work on April 20, 2020 and we look forward to her leadership.
Stacy Dym has a 30-year history in the disability rights field. For the past 5 years, she has been the Executive Director of The Arc of King County, a local chapter that sits in the largest county in the state, overseeing a Supported Living program, Representative Payee, Parent-to-Parent, the King County Parent Coalition, a Homelessness Prevention program, an Inclusion Academy for young parents, Community Change Champions for people with disabilities, and a Healthy Relationships program for young adults with developmental disabilities.
Stacy previously worked for Governor Inslee as the Washington State Education Ombuds, resolving complaints across the state regarding public education. Prior to her policy and legislative work in education, Stacy worked at the Dussault Law Group, specializing in litigation support and mediation to assist families and educators to understand the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and student civil rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Early in her career, Stacy was a special education teacher and then worked at the Disability Law Center of Alaska for 8 years as an advocate managing a statewide caseload of cases and complaints on behalf children and adults with disabilities. Stacy is also a trained mediator. She has served on a variety of nonprofit boards and committees to address the needs of individuals with disabilities in educational and community settings. She is well known in our state for her legislative advocacy in the areas of special education and developmental disabilities, including “Kevin’s Law” and ensuring funding for supported employment, community-based services, self-advocacy programs and parent-to-parent resources.
She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee to the University of Washington Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability, and previously served on the Washington State Disability Task Force. She has presented on a wide variety of special education, civil rights, and advocacy topics to parent groups, teachers, and other education professionals and has been a guest speaker at WSTLA Teachers Law Conference, University of Washington School of Law and Seattle University Law School classes and university level teacher training courses. She co-authored “A Legal Guide for Families and Educators”, and has contributed to numerous articles for state and national conferences, public information brochures, newsletters, and manuals. Stacy is a sibling and co-guardian for her sister with a developmental disability.
We are excited to work with Stacy to advance The Arc of Washington State as a focal point for leadership, advocacy and statewide support in every community and for every person with an intellectual and developmental disability. As we find a new way of living and connecting in this post-coronavirus world, we are grateful for this change and hope you will welcome her, too!
Nancy Stark, Board President and members of The Board of The Arc of Washington State
Since 1936, The Arc of Washington State has been a champion for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families. What started as a small group of parents in Pierce and King Counties has grown into a statewide grassroots advocacy network of individuals, family members, service providers and other interested community members.
By 1950, families were looking for more community services to help keep their child at home and The Arc (national chapter) was born. Today, our state chapter continues to advocate for necessary state services and supports for families on their journey to create a fulfilling life in the community for their loved ones.