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.
One way you can let them hear your voice is to be a part of our “You KNOW Me!” (YKM) Click the YKM document below to see all the voices who are sharing what is important to them with their legislators. The
Arc of Washington State’s “You KNOW Me!” campaign is intended to help legislators get some meaningful perspective from some of their constituents who have a developmental disability. You can do your part too! Email Diana@arcwa.org to learn how you can add your voice!
Where Do You Start?
Try the Advocacy Toolkit put together by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC).
No experience sharing your story? Watch these short clips and see how others make their voice heard:
NEW! Virtual Advocacy Days!
Virtual Advocacy Day Recordings:
Education Services During COVID-19
Parents of children in school has struggled greatly from the changes that were suddenly made when COVID-19 hit our state. In-person learning quickly changed to an online experience and many students who received special education services no longer had access to them. As September approaches, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) must figure out the challenge of meeting the needs of these students. Watch below for a discussion with Chris Reykdal and Glenna Gallo and parents from our state who share concerns about education services during the pandemic.
Our State Budget Crisis
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 Arc of Washington State convened a special session of Virtual Advocacy Days, in partnership with the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) and Self Advocates in Leadership (SAIL). Each week had different Guest Legislators and a parent and a self-advocate from each district to talk about how the proposed cuts would be devastating for them. The recorded sessions are below.
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)
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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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