The Advocacy Partnership Project is a program of The Arc of Washington State and is funded by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council. Through this valuable program we work to increase advocacy participation of individuals with developmental disabilities, their families/guardians and other community members. Each year more and more people are becoming involved in public policy issues that affect them, an increasing number of groups are partnering together, and legislators and other policy-makers are being better informed regarding the need for services for people with developmental disabilities.
The primary outcome of this project is our Advocacy Days, held weekly during each legislative session. We assist people with a developmental disability and their family members with coming to Olympia to learn about issues that affect them, talk to their legislators, write messages for policy-makers, provide testimony during legislative committee hearings about bills and budget proposals and so much more! Travel stipends are available first come, first served. Click here to learn more.
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 the icon 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).
We make it easy for you to get involved! Legislators WANT to hear your story. They hear a lot from lobbyists who are paid to represent companies, corporations, unions and more. But what they want to know most is how their decisions will affect YOU, their constituent (a voter who lives in their district.
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!
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