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Disability organizations denounce efforts to exclude people with disabilities from their communities

A state legislator has requested a formal legal opinion from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office asking whether anti-discrimination laws would prevent the state from creating laws to prohibit people with mental health disabilities from living in their communities after receiving inpatient treatment.

In response, Disability Rights Washington and dozens of co-signing national and local organizations and legal partners submitted comments to the Attorney General’s Office.

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Meet Our New Executive Director, Jeremy Norden-Paul

It’s a sunny day on the shores of Olympia’s Budd Inlet as Ivanova Smith talks policy, advocacy and life in the Pacific Northwest with Washington State DD Council’s new Executive Director, Jeremy Norden-Paul.




Allies in Advocacy Leadership Forum

Disability rally with attendees holding up a large banner in multi-colored ink that reads We Are the Voice.If you or someone you know is a youth or emerging leader, concerned with the rights of people with a disability, and involved in the self­-advocacy civil rights movement, Allies in Advocacy invites you to join a free all day leadership forum at the SeaTac Airport Conference Center on Tuesday, August 20th from 9 am to 4 pm..

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National Disability Voter Registration Week is July 15-19

graphic of washington state with the word VOTE, person in a wheelchair is the O in VOTE

Did you know that there are nearly 30 million people with disabilities eligible to vote when registered? This number does not even include “the ripple effect” of family, friends, and service professionals who will vote in-line with disability interests.

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Washington State DD Council Announces New Director

Bio picture of Jeremy Norden-Paul.The Washington Developmental Disabilities Council is very pleased to announce that Jeremy Norden-Paul will be assuming the position of Executive Director for the Council, effective July 1, 2019. Jeremy brings experience working in and with a broad range of service systems that address the rights and needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. He has a demonstrated passion for assuring that people with developmental disabilities are supported and living the lives they want to live.

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  • 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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    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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