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OLYMPIA, WA – The Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds has launched a new website where visitors can learn what the office is doing, submit complaints and access other resources for people with disabilities. The website was created by AccessibilityOz, a company specializing in the creation of webpages that are accessible to people with disabilities.
The website is one way to submit a complaint to the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds. Complaints can also be made by phone at 1-833-727-8900 and in person when the ombuds visits community residences, programs or state facilities. Call or visit the website for information on requesting a visit.
Last night’s report from the Hill is that the phones were ringing off the hook, email boxes were filled, and social media was blowing up. The bill is now being debated and may be voted on as early as late night or tomorrow.
The Senate is still working behind the scenes on the final bill—and the public will not have seen it until right before the vote. Regardless of the small tweaks that might be being made, we know that the disability community’s main concerns with the bill (highlighted in CCD’s recent fact sheet)—the loss of revenue’s that will lead to cuts in Medicaid and other programs, the automatic cuts to Medicaid, vocational rehabilitation, and other programs that help people with disabilities that could be triggered by the budget rules, and the huge income inequality in the bill—will not be changed.
Mark your calendar for the following advocacy events on January 17, 2018:
November 15, 2017—The US Senate and the House added to their tax bills a provision to repeal a key component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the individual mandate to obtain health insurance. Repealing this provision would have significant negative effects for people with disabilities, families of children with disabilities, and those who are aging.
The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council is a Federal-State partnership working to plan for and with people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Developmental Disabilities Council is a Federal-State partnership working to plan for and with people with developmental disabilities and their families.
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.