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From Wednesday January 20, 2016 2:00 pm until Wednesday January 20, 2016 7:30 pm Save to calendar
GEARING UP FOR THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION!
The legislative session begins January 11th and there are many important emerging issues for people with developmental disabilities. Including issues around funding for birth to three services, finding respite providers and the turnover in supported living. At our Tuesday, January 12th meeting in Bellevue we will have an overview of the session from Donna Patrick from the DDC.
WE NEED YOU! The most powerful thing you can do to help this session is to tell your story. Stories are what legislators remember when they make decisions. We need families to come with us to Olympia on Advocacy Days to tell their stories.
Advocacy Days are always on Wednesday. They begin with a briefing at 10:00 am then there is time to go to appointments with legislators in the afternoon. We usually leave Olympia between 2:30 and 4 pm depending on appointments times.
We will have a bus available on the marked days. To take the bus you may meet us at designated stops: either at The Arc of King County in Seattle at 8 am or in Federal Way near the Outback Steak House at 8:45 am. Please be sure to register so we know who will be attending.
Here are the Upcoming Important Dates:
January 20th- Legislative Briefing and Reception - The briefing begins at 2:00pm, and the reception is from 5:30-7:30pm
A folder of one-page information sheets on pertinent issues for the 2016 legislative session, along with charts and data from the Developmental Disabilities Administration, will be reviewed. (Held at The United Churches from 2:00 - 4:00 pm) The annual Legislative Reception will be held in the Columbia Room from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
*January 27th - Supported Living Services. Self- advocates, supported living providers as well as family members and others join to let legislators know how important living in the community is and ask them to ensure that providers of these supports are paid a fair living wage. We will meet at The United Churches at 10 am, then head over to the capitol for a rally. (More details to come)
February 3rd - Budget Overview. Creating a supplemental budget is the one thing legislators are required to do during this legislative session. Learn what services and supports are proposed for cuts or increases and what you can do to help. (Held at The United Churches)
*February 10th - Self-Advocacy/Disability Pride. Self-advocates will lead the way on issues for the 2016 session that help them live in their community as independently as possible and show their pride in being valued members of society. (Held at The United Churches)
*February 17th - Power Up Families. Families provide the vast majority of care for people with developmental disabilities, saving our state money and helping individuals be participating members of their local communities. Our state has created a new Waiver to provide services to 4,000 additional families in our state. The Community First Choice (CFC) program has now replaced Medicaid Personal Care. Parent to Parent, local chapters of The Arc and Parent Coalitions will share what this means to you. We encourage parents to come to this meeting and bring your children with you. (Held at the General Administration Building)
February 24th - Disability Protections. We have the right to demand the end to unnecessary toxic chemicals invading our homes, our environment, almost every aspect of our lives. Harmful flame retardants are in furniture and children's products, but don't prevent or slow down fires. They do, however, cause developmental harm to our children, cancer in our pets, our firefighters and ourselves. In addition, we will look at pending legislation on other issues such as isolation of people with disabilities, guardianship and more. (Held at the General Administration Building)
March 2nd - Employment for All. Everyone has the right to live, work and play in their local community. Having a job means that individuals with developmental disabilities can be productive citizens, contributing to our economy by paying taxes while providing valued services. Join self-advocates, families and employment service providers from Community Employment Alliance (CEA) as we ensure that supports are available to all those who need them. (Held in the Columbia Room with a rally afterwards, more details to come)
PLEASE JOIN US for one of these dates. We can help connect you with carpools, and make appointments with legislators. It’s a fun day and you CAN make a real difference!
To sign up for one of the Advocacy days go to, https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1E30zQW1BipLawtiV0eaXkbZtri62KlPmrKP9MPMPPXo/viewform
To find out more information about specific dates go to, http://arcwa.org/index.php/takeaction/washingtonstate/advocacy_day
For tips for a smooth Advocacy Day go to, https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3OBmpk3M8g4VGxZY2oyMDFxQmc/view
For questions contact Joe Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 206-829-7048
To register for bus days contact Kayla Brown at email@example.com or by phone at 206-829-7021
We look forward to seeing you in Olympia!