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July 30, 2015

The Arc of King County Announces New Executive Director

SEATTLE - The Arc of King County is pleased to announce Stacy Gillett as its new Executive Director effective September 1. Ms. Gillett has a career spanning more than 30 years in the developmental disabilities field.

stacyGillettCurrently, Ms. Gillett specializes in helping families and educators understand the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and student civil rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Ms. Gillett is well known in Washington for her legislative advocacy establishing “Kevin’s Law”, ensuring funding to support employment, self-advocacy programs, and parent-to-parent resources.

With her significant experience, Ms. Gillett will advance The Arc’s current strategic thinking, and she will lead the organization in advocacy efforts for full inclusion of all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in every part of community life. Ms. Gillett shared, “Disability rights are civil rights, and I’m excited to work with the board and staff to advocate for the rights of all children and adults with I/DD to live, learn, work, and play in the community of their choice. As executive director, I will work with all of our families and community leaders to increase inclusion, acceptance, and support for our county’s citizens who have disabilities.”

Board president Rick Minutoli is pleased with the selection of Ms. Gillett. He said, “The Arc has been a leader in the developmental disability community for nearly 80 years, and now we have the good fortune to welcome an executive director who has spent 32 years of her career advocating for the people we serve every day. I am grateful that our staff and board, as well as the people we serve and their families, will benefit greatly from Stacy’s expertise.”

Ms. Gillett previously worked at the Disability Law Center of Alaska managing a statewide education advocacy caseload. She then served as a legal advocate at the Dussault Law Group in Seattle, where she wrote and administered a grant from The Arc of Washington to provide free special education advocacy to families whose children were in danger of institutionalization. In her most recent position as Director and Ombudsman for the Governor’s Office of Education Ombuds, Ms. Gillett worked to ensure equity and access to educational services for all Washington students in the K-12 public education system.

Ms. Gillett received her Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in teaching and early childhood education from California State University, Fresno, and completed additional graduate work at California State University, Sacramento. For the past decade, Ms. Gillett has served on numerous boards and councils such as Alpha Supported Living Services, Combating Autism Advisory Council, University of Washington Affiliated Program, and The Arc of Washington. Ms. Gillett is a sought after public speaker for a wide variety of special education topics, and has contributed to numerous articles for national conferences, public information brochures, newsletters, and manuals.

Founded in 1936, The Arc of King County is passionate about inclusion, independence, and civil rights for everyone with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD). As the oldest non-profit organization serving individuals with I/DD in the Greater Puget Sound area, we encompass all ages and all spectrums of developmental disabilities, and we are the first resource that families turn to after diagnosis. The Arc of King County is an affiliated chapter of The Arc of Washington and The Arc of the United States.

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For families of children with special needs. School's out and it's warm out! It's time to enjoy the summertime at Arc in the Park! Come with or without your kids and spend time with other parents who "get it".

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