Advocacy Days, part of The Arc’s 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.
NEW! Virtual Advocacy Days!
The pandemic known as COVID-19 has altered the norm of daily life for all of us. The economic fallout from this crisis has seen many people out of work and state coffers that are completely reliant on people having and spending money in order to bring in the revenue our state needs to fund basic services that people rely on.
On May 13, 2020, Governor Inslee issued a directive to all state agencies to look for reductions in their budgets for what was thought to be a $7 billion shortfall in state revenue. Agencies were told to find savings of 15% that they could propose to cut. To see the proposed cuts from the Developmental Disabilities Administration Proposed cuts 6-2020.
The cuts being proposed would decimate the service system for people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). Legislators are going to need to convene in a special session to try to figure out how to address the budget shortfall for the fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2020.
NOW IS THE TIME FOR YOUR VOICES TO BE HEARD!
The Arc of Washington State is convening a special session of Virtual Advocacy Days, in partnership with the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) and Self Advocates in Leadership (SAIL). These will be held on Thursday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30. Each week will have different Guest Legislators. A parent and a self-advocate from each district will also talk about how the proposed cuts would be devastating for them. We will also take questions from attendees as time allows.
PUT THESE DATES ON YOUR CALENDAR NOW! 10:00 AM START TIME EACH WEEK!
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July 2nd: Representative Timm Ormsby (3rd LD) & Senator Ann Rivers (18th LD) View the presentation:
July 9th: Senator Karen Keiser (33rd LD) & Representative Gina Mosbrucker (14th LD) View the presentation:
July 16th: Senator Mark Schoesler (9th LD) & Representative Skyler Rude
Special Guest: James Kettel, Senate Committee Services
July 23rd: Senator Christine Rolfes (23rd LD) & Senator Andy Billig (3rd LD)
July 30th: Senator David Frockt (46th LD) & Representative Tana Senn (41st)
August 6th: Senator Sharon Brown (8th LD) & Senator John Braun (20th LD)
Join by Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89083668225
(Note: this link is the same for the whole 6 week series.)
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Did you miss the 2020 Legislative Session? Catch up on things here:
Every year, statewide advocates identify public policy issues that affect individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. From these concerns, information and data is collected and compiled into user-friendly charts and documents that advocates can share with their elected representatives in the Legislature. Using that information, the Advocacy Partnership Project creates a Legislative Notebook for Developmental Disability Advocates each year before the legislative session begins. The Legislative Notebook is posted online each December. Click to access the current notebook. (The zip file opens with the notebook divided into sections. The files are in pdf format so you will need Adobe Reader to open and print them).
Educate Your Legislators!
Use The Arc’s DD 101 to help your legislators understand what services and supports are used by people with I/DD, which agencies provide the services and how they are paid for. The data is provided by the Developmental Disabilities Administration.
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