Advocacy - Get Involved!

Self-Advocates, Parents, Siblings and Community Members join together to bring about positive change.


Individuals who have an intellectual/developmental disability want to be able to live their lives in their own communities, enjoying the same daily freedom that others often take for granted. As the number of people being relegated to state institutions continues to decline, the self-advocacy movement continues to grow stronger. To learn more and to get involved check out our self-advocacy page.

Parent Coalitions:

Parents of children with an intellectual/developmental disability need to connect with other parents for support and resources. Throughout Washington State you will find Parent Coalitions who have parents and guardians who have walked the walk and can help parents organize their voices and be heard on issues important to them.

Local Chapters of The Arc:

Parents and self-advocates can get involved with their local chapter of The Arc. During legislative session they organize members to build a coordinated advocacy effort through local legislative forums. Some chapters offer Leadership workshops and other local resources. Some provide direct services such as residential supports, payee services and more.

The Arc of Washington State:

The Arc, based in Olympia, does not provide direct services, though some of the local chapters do. We focus on legislative advocacy, helping to ensure that services and supports for people with developmental disabilities are funded at the state and federal levels. We encourage self-advocates and their families to become involved in advocating for what is important to them. Find out more at We also provide a variety of resources, some of which are detailed in publications that you can find on our web site at


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Community Advocacy Coalition (CAC)

This group of organizations strongly believe that individuals with developmental disabilities should have the freedom to live, work and play in integrated community settings, not segregated because of their disability.


The Arc of Washington State's Action Network (local)

To have an impact on state and local issues here at home, sign up for the Action Network and when your help is needed, you will receive an email with a summary of the issue and a pre-written message, which you can add a personal message to or send as it is. Each message you receive is ready to go to your district legislators. It only takes a minute!


The Arc's Disability Advocacy Network (national)

Sign up for the Disability Advocacy Engagement email list to show your strength as an advocate, sibling, parent, provider or just someone wanting to help bring about positive change through The Arc’s national movement. The future of individuals with I/DD will be built on the foundation of how their services and supports are structured and funded – your elected officials in Congress will listen to you on issues that are important to the I/DD community – but only if you know when to act by making a call or sending an email!

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My Story Matters!

Personal stories from individuals with a developmental disability and their families

Self Advocacy

People with developmental disabilities impacting Washington State's values and policies.

Washington State Parent Coalitions

For parents and families advocating for their loved ones with I/DD

Community Advocacy Coalition (CAC)

Organizations dedicated to ensuring community services exist and are funded for people with I/DD