Legislative Advocacy

Advocacy Days

Advocacy Days, part of The Arc’s Advocacy Partnership Project, are held during each legislative session to involve individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD), their families and their service providers 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. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have moved to a virtual platform. The hope is that we will be able to have a hybrid of virtual and in-person activities for the January 2022 Legislative Session

Below you can register for each weekly Advocacy Day. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Jan 19, 2022    Housing Accessibility   

Jan 26, 2022    Civil Rights: Nothing About Us Without Us & Shut Them Down Rally at Noon*

Feb 2, 2022    Employment and Day Services

Feb 9, 2022    Barriers to Transportation

Feb 16, 2022    Caregiving of Children and Adults

Feb 23, 2022    Meeting All Needs in Education

Mar 2, 2022    Healthcare for People with IDD

Check out the resources offered by The Arc of Washington

The Legislative Action Center https://arcwa.org/action-center/ has information on your elected officials, issues and legislation, elections and candidates.  It also offers easy tools for contacting your elected officials or local media outlets and sample letters and phone scripts. Sign up for the Action E-List to stay informed on the latest news.

Issue Papers http://arcwa.org/index.php/takeaction/washingtonstate/issue_papers has informative documents on various issues and includes DD 101 and the 2017 Legislative Notebook.

The Olympia Insider is an informative video series on current events in Olympia relevant to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.  The Olympia Reporter also provides informative articles. http://arcwa.org/index.php/takeaction/washingtonstate/the_olympia_insider

Hot Tips for Advocates is an easy to use guide for successful advocacy: http://arcwa.org/index.php/library/2016_hot_tips/

Get connected with Facebook and Twitter and find even more resources at The Arc of Washington’s Take Action website: http://arcwa.org/takeaction

Keep up to date on Federal Issues through The Arc US

Visit The Arc’s Action Center http://cqrcengage.com/thearc/ to get information on elected officials, issues, legislation, candidates and elections.

Sign up for the Capitol Insider to stay informed on the latest federal news: http://cqrcengage.com/thearc/app/register?2&m=10985

The Public Policy page has summary and background information on various issues: http://www.thearc.org/page.aspx?pid=2400