2024 Legislative Session Notebook

Advocacy for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities, their families, and allies
Image of notebook. Text: The Arc of Washington State 2024 Legislative Session Notebook. For people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Legislative Notebook is your resource for advocacy. It includes public policy ideas that community members are working on and information to help you understand how health, education, and social services affect people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

This web page will be updated throughout the legislative session.

 

A little about the 2024 session:

The 2024 state legislative session is year two of a biennium.

That means legislators met last year and passed  2-year state budgets for operating expenses, transportation, and capital projects. This year, they will adjust the budgets as money allows. They will also consider bills that did not pass last year and can consider new ones.

 

It is also a short session – just 60 days. The legislature convenes January 8, 2024.

 

 

About the Notebook:

This year’s notebook includes survey results from the IDD community, legislative issues that advocates are working on, and resources and data to support your advocacy.

 

You can download the December 4, 2023, Legislative Notebook Meeting presentation here. It includes short summaries of the issue proposals, as well as highlights from the IDD Support and Advocacy Survey. You can watch the video here. (To hear the Spanish interpretation, click on the globe and choose Spanish.)

 


Top of mind: Access to services, equity, housing

Cover and pages of IDD Support & Advocacy Survey reportThis year, we surveyed people from across state to ask them what they needed in terms of support and advocacy. Results are informing our 2024 Advocacy Days and support during the legislative session.

Inability to access services, equity, and housing rose to the top, though priorities changed when viewed by group. Access to education came up more among people with disabilities and Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). Access to mental health services or complex behavior support also came up often.

Issues advocates are working on
Image of hands claspingThe issues highlighted here come from across the IDD community, including community members, coalitions, and organizations.

They propose legislation to improve services or support.

 

Each paper lists the groups working on the issue and a contact person.

 

This year, issues fall into six categories:

 

 

Civil Rights

Living in the CommunityIdeas to support living in the community

 

 


Build Housing for People with IDDIdeas to build housing for people with IDD

 

 


Supporting Participants and FamiliesIdeas to support participants and their families

 

 


Engaging in the CommunityIdeas to support engaging in the community

 

 


Focus on EducationIdeas to Focus on Education

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Early learning and K-12

Disability services

Housing

Civil rights


More resources

Organizational Priorities

Data & Graphics

2024 Advocacy Days

IDD 101 (under construction)

Connecting with Legislators (under construction)

Fact Sheets for DDA Programs & Services (under construction)