The Arc’s Young Adult Self-Advocacy (YASA) group helps young adults with developmental disabilities become strong self-advocates. Self-advocates are people with disabilities who speak up for themselves and others. They can express themselves with spoken words, sign language, language boards and in other ways unique to themselves. Self-advocacy enables people with disabilities to live a fulfilling in the community with the support they need.

    Thanks to VTV and AS KVIK Films & Television for featuring the Arc’s YSA group.

What is Self-Advocacy?

Self-advocacy is letting others know what you need and want, but also being responsible to work to help yourself and others.

What are the goals of the YASA group?

  • Learning valuable communication and advocacy skills
  • Gaining the tools and confidence to express personal needs and build healthy relationships
  • Getting involved with the community

When and where are the meetings?

003Meetings take place monthly at The Arc’s Dan Godwin Community Center. We encourage group members to come to every meeting. Working together over time provides the most long-lasting and genuine skill building. Plus, learning with the same group of friends and community members helps everyone develop their leadership skills as they decide the direction for the group and their own lives.

Each meeting is tailored to the specific needs and goals of its attendees. Meetings create a safe environment for learning and growth, and help participants identify and address their questions, concerns and issues. Using a combination of interactive games and techniques that recognize everyone’s unique experiences, YASA focuses on developing practical strategies for helping each person get their needs acknowledged by others.

Upcoming Meeting Date:
  • Thursday, November 2, 4:30-6:30pm

How do I join?

YASA VolunteersAre you between 16 and 30? Are you an eligible client of the Developmental Disabilities Administration? If you answered yes to both questions, then you are welcome to join!

We will play games and get to know each other. We will learn about helping others and helping ourselves. You need not have any special skills to join the group. We will find the best way for everyone to have fun together. All meetings are free!

To sign up, call The Arc of Whatcom County at (360) 715-0170 ext. 304 or email Jessika Houston at

Providers can make referrals to our programs using The Arc Referral Form

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