Legislative Advocacy

2023 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. To make the meetings more accessible to people all around the state, we have moved to a virtual platform on Zoom.

These Virtual Advocacy Days begin at 10:00am. Spanish translators provided. Please register at the links below (different link for each week).


January 25th – Housing, Supported Living, Closing Rainier
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqdeGqpzgsHdyyWPI2d8fNqtnWx3dfLyQc


February 1st – Employment Services & Rates
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUlcO2oqDktGdTaDMwJsQgWrayi5lKOyEfo


February 8th – Community Inclusion & Day Programs
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItce-vqzIuGNMY2wskNORJVZXnuQx3e7jz


February 15th – Residential Crisis: Finding a Home
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElc-ypqzMtGtdqzVTx_H_SjkdmuwtE_7IX


February 22nd – Out-of-Home & In-Crisis
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ufu2rpjItGNIsl_ObhmGX0QuZM4eMMV19


March 1st – TEFRA & Waiver Services
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkf-GqqD4rG9CUtEwF294ic3M_V7onAVT9


March 8th – Education Cap & Restraints
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcuf-quqjspGtan289WJcczzqhTaSjHEQoa


March 15th – Family and Senior Supports
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ufuCtpjsjGtbXydVA3QSEH7-FW3c1NJbR


March 22nd – Caseload Forecasting in the Budget
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sdO2grj0qHd3_WX5izcZYhtpt8J9bNzRW


March 29th – Workforce Shortage
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArd-uupz4iHNC3b-shnWgF0svgZZO6cP1F


April 5th – Residential Habilitation Centers (RHC)
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUodumgrj4iHdV7KWhJxGVIR25r2SCi-FJ

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.

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