Advocacy Days, part of the Advocacy Partnership Project, are held during each legislative session to involve self-advocates and families 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.
Travel to Olympia with us to meet with Legislators and advocate for the following:
February 5th—Good Paying Jobs for Self Advocates
Having a job means that individuals with DD can be productive citizens, contributing to our economy by paying taxes, while also providing valuable services. Being gainfully employed builds self-esteem, but our state still allows people with disabilities to be paid sub-minimum wages, as little as 2 cents an hour! Join self-advocates, families and employment service providers from Community Employment Alliance (CEA) as we work to make wages equitable. CEA will hold a rally in the capital right afterwards.
February 12th—Family Supports
Families provide the majority of care at home for people with DD, saving our state millions of dollars. Respite care is a critical service, but its often difficult to find a provider. Teens and adults with DD and challenging behaviors are taken to hospital emergency rooms and remain there with no medical need because the behavior supports they need are not readily available. Parent to Parent, local chapters of The Arc and Parent Coalitions invite you to come to this meeting and bring your children with you.