The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) recently voted to invest $25,000 to help increase social connection and the ability of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
The Developmental Disabilities Council asks the Washington State Legislature to consider the following key points in their upcoming special session:
My heart is extremely heavy. I am outraged and heartbroken at the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. And as a white man, I know my pain is only a tiny fraction of what the black community has experienced in our country for literally hundreds of years. Racism is not new. The killing of black people by authority figures and fellow citizens is not new. This tragedy is as old as our country. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Manuel Ellis.
Near and far, countless black Americans have lost their lives to racist actions and racist systems. We cannot be silent on this topic—not now and not ever. We must stand in solidarity with the black community and denounce these horrific actions and systems.
Given the unprecedented budget shortfall, the Developmental Disabilities Council, along with 22 other organizations, sent a letter to Washington State budget writers asking them to consider six guiding principles as they face very difficult decisions. Read the letter here.
People with cognitive and behavior disabilities face the highest rates of poverty in the state. These folks make up the core of people with developmental disabilities. We cannot afford cuts. Because #CutsCauseCrisis
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.