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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) Directions

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) Directions
WEECARE Advocacy Day Agenda: HERE

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) Directions

March 2nd – Employment to 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) Capitol Campus Map

Emergency Readiness: Neighbor Helping Neighbor

While individual needs and circumstances vary, one thing is for sure: it’s not a question of if, but when an emergency will happen. Take steps today to prepare for tomorrow.

If you or someone you know has a disability and you would like to learn more about how to be prepared for emergencies click HERE

Or go to: Informing Familes.org



  • About the Council

    The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council is a Federal-State partnership working to plan for and with people with developmental disabilities and their families.

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    If you are passionate about public policy, and dedicated to improving the lives of persons with I/DD in Washington State, we welcome your application.

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