Advocacy Days – Washington State

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Advocacy Days, a part of The Arc’s Advocacy Partnership Mission, are held throughout every legislative session to contain people with mental/developmental disabilities (IDD), their households and their service suppliers within the legislative course of, giving them alternatives to make their voices heard by their legislators and to have an effect on coverage and finances laws that impacts the companies and helps out there to them. Through the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have now moved to a digital platform. The hope is that we can have a hybrid of digital and in-person actions for the January 2022 Legislative Session!

 

 

 

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Developmental Disabilities Advocacy

2022 Legislative Session

 

 

2022 Digital Advocacy Day Schedule:

  • Nov 3, 2021    Pre-session Heat-up!
  • Jan 12, 2022    IDD Briefing & Statewide IDD Legislative Reception*
  • Jan 19, 2022    Housing Accessibility
  • Jan 26, 2022    Civil Rights: Nothing About Us With out Us & Shut Them Down Rally at Midday*
  • Feb 2, 2022    Employment and Day Companies
  • Feb 9, 2022    Obstacles to Transportation
  • Feb 16, 2022    Caregiving of Youngsters and Adults
  • Feb 23, 2022    Assembly All Wants in Schooling
  • Mar 2, 2022    Healthcare for Individuals with IDD

 

* The in-person Statewide IDD Legislative Reception and the Shut Them Down Rally are scheduled to happen on the capitol, pandemic allowing.

 

Digital Advocacy Days (VAD) for the above matters are scheduled on Wednesday mornings and, if permitted, the VAD employees will coordinate to satisfy with advocates in-person within the afternoon to share messages with legislators and their employees. Verify again in December 2021 for extra up-to-date data.

 

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Click on HERE to tell us how every Advocacy Day was for you! Fill out the brief type for every week you attend!

 

 

 

The place Do You Begin?

 

Get signed up for Motion Alerts by clicking right here.  Watch our Fb, Twitter and Instagram for much more data.  Attend Digital Advocacy Days every week throughout the 2022 Legislative Session to study Sizzling Matters, then join along with your legislators!  Strive the Advocacy Toolkit put collectively by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC): DD Price range Disaster Advocacy Toolkit.  No expertise sharing your story? Watch these brief clips and see how others make their voice heard:

 

Invoice & Corinna                 Sandra                 Dad and mom                 Adana               Julie            Justine

 



2021 Digital Advocacy Day Schedule:

Click on on the hyperlinks beneath to be taught extra and register for every occasion:

 

A technique you’ll be able to allow them to hear your voice is to be part of our “You KNOW Me!” (YKM) Click on the YKM doc right here to see all of the voices who’re sharing what’s vital to them with their legislators. The Arc of Washington State’s “You KNOW Me!” marketing campaign is meant to assist legislators get some significant perspective from a few of their constituents who’ve a developmental incapacity. You are able to do your half too! E mail Diana@arcwa.org to be taught how one can add your voice!

 

The place Do You Begin?

 

Get signed up for Motion Alerts by clicking right here.  Watch our Fb web page and Twitter accounts for much more data.  Attend Digital Advocacy Days every week throughout the 2021 Legislative Session to study Sizzling Matters, then join along with your legislators!  Strive the Advocacy Toolkit put collectively by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC). DD Price range Disaster Advocacy Toolkit  No expertise sharing your story? Watch these brief clips and see how others make their voice heard:

 

Invoice & Corinna                 Sandra                 Dad and mom              NEW!!! Adana              NEW!!! Julie            NEW!!! Justine

 

2021 Digital Advocacy Days Schedule!

 

Tell us how Your Expertise was!

We need to know the way Advocacy Day was for YOU! After every Advocacy Day occasion it is possible for you to to share your expertise with us. Our analysis type is brief and straightforward to fill out, discover it on-line by going to: 2021 Suggestions Type

 

NOTE: Every assembly hyperlink is exclusive and you could register for every one individually!

 

January twenty seventh—Legislative Briefing

Our theme this 12 months is “Zooming in on Developmental Disabilities” as we encourage legislators to champion payments/finances gadgets which might be vital to folks with developmental disabilities (DD). (This occasion is hosted by a lot of cross-disability teams and isn’t particular to developmental disabilities.)

 

Need to strive a digital background made only for this Briefing? Click on right here!

As soon as opened, proper click on the image and “Save Picture As” onto your laptop. If you find yourself in a Zoom assembly, click on the arrow subsequent to “Video”, and go to “Select Digital Background”. Click on the + signal, then add it out of your laptop folder the place you saved it. Watch for brand new backgrounds every week. Particular due to Ivanova Smith, Chair of Self Advocates in Management (SAIL), for her great artwork work!

 


 

January twenty seventh—fortieth Annual Incapacity Legislative Reception

 


 

February third—Group Residential

Supported residing suppliers have been on the entrance line of this pandemic, caring for their shoppers even after they get COVID. in addition to self-advocates, members of the family and others be part of to let legislators know the way vital residing locally is and ask them to make sure that suppliers of those helps are paid a good residing wage. There may be at the moment an enormous inequity as supported residing suppliers do precisely the identical care duties as state staff in State Operated Dwelling Alternate options (SOLA), but obtain a lot decrease wages. Grownup Household Houses and Assisted Dwelling are additionally group settings struggling throughout this pandemic.

Particular Visitor: Consultant Emily Wicks

See the Group Residential Advocacy Day Agenda right here. Obtain the handouts right here.

Tell us how Your Expertise was!

We need to know the way Advocacy Day was for YOU! Please share your expertise with us. Our analysis type is brief and straightforward to fill out, discover it on-line by going to: 2021 Suggestions Type

(Paintings by Ivanova Smith, In Reminiscence of Tony Corridor, pictured within the blue cap)

 


 

February tenth—Employment Helps

Having a job signifies that people with DD might be productive residents, contributing to our financial system by paying taxes, whereas additionally offering priceless companies. Being gainfully employed builds vanity, however our state nonetheless permits folks with disabilities to be paid sub-minimum wages, as little as 2 cents an hour! Be part of self-advocates, households and employment service suppliers as we work to make wages equitable. Additionally, so as to have a job, dependable public transportation is required.

Through the pandemic it’s extra vital than ever for folks with mental/developmental disabilities (I/DD) to have the opportunity go to their jobs and succeed. They typically have important jobs and must have public transportation to and from work. College students in highschool want transition companies in order that they are often working after they depart faculty, not graduate to the sofa.

Particular Visitor: Senator Joe Ngyuen

See the Employment Helps Advocacy Day Agenda right here. Obtain the handouts right here. Need a digital background for this occasion? Click on right here!

Tell us how Your Expertise was! We need to know the way Advocacy Day was for YOU! Please share your expertise with us. Our analysis type is brief and straightforward to fill out, discover it on-line by going to: 2021 Suggestions Type

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February seventeenth—Households Save Cash

Households present nearly all of care at house for folks with DD, saving our state tens of millions of {dollars}. Respite care is a crucial service, however its tough to discover a supplier. Teenagers and adults with DD and difficult behaviors are taken to hospital emergency rooms and left there with no medical want as a result of the conduct helps they want are usually not out there. Some households can’t get companies for his or her youngster as a result of the household doesn’t meet Medicaid monetary eligibility. A TEFRA State Plan Possibility would enable households to “buy-in” to Medicaid. In contrast to different companies, there might be no wait checklist. Should you qualify, you get served.

Senator John Braun was our visitor speaker at Advocacy Day. He’s the co-sponsor of SB 5268, a invoice that does a lot good for the DD group. The invoice had a listening to within the afternoon after Advocacy Day, with many DD advocates signing in and testifying.

Click on right here to see the Advocacy Day agenda.  Listed here are the handouts despatched to legislators.

Tell us how Your Expertise was! We need to know the way Advocacy Day was for YOU! Please share your expertise with us. Our analysis type is brief and straightforward to fill out, discover it on-line by going to: 2021 Suggestions Type

 


 

February twenty fourth—March is DD Consciousness Month

Every March since President Ronald Reagan established March as Developmental Disabilities Consciousness Month in 1987, the Nationwide Affiliation of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) companions with Affiliation for College Facilities on Disabilities (AUCD) and Nationwide Incapacity Rights Community (NDRN) to create a social media marketing campaign that highlights the various methods by which folks with and with out disabilities come collectively to type sturdy, numerous communities.  We’ll educate legislators and have the Governor’s employees share the Governor’s Proclamation for this vital consciousness marketing campaign.

Particular Visitor: Consultant Joe Schmick

 

Get the digital background by Ivanova Smith right here.   Click on right here to get the agenda.  Learn the handout for legislators right here.

Learn Governor Inslee’s Proclamation: March 2021 is DD Consciousness Month

Tell us how Your Expertise was! We need to know the way Advocacy Day was for YOU! Please share your expertise with us. Our analysis type is brief and straightforward to fill out, discover it on-line by going to: 2021 Suggestions Type

 


 

March third—Schooling Throughout COVID-19

The pandemic has had an enormous have an effect on on schooling companies and early intervention for kids with DD. With in-person faculty cancelled and the districts strive to determine digital courses, kids with DD are usually not receiving the companies required of their Individualized Academic Plan (IEP). What can the legislature do to make sure the wants of youngsters who want particular schooling companies are usually not falling additional behind?

Get the digital background by Ivanova Smith right here.  Right here is the handout for Legislators.   Click on right here for the agenda.

 


 

March tenth—Rights and Protections: No New Establishments!

Two years in the past, a Ruckelshaus workgroup was charged with making a plan for the way forward for the RHCs (Residential Habilitation Facilities) in our state. Though the plan would downsize and shut our RHCs, it additionally would construct a brand new 120 mattress nursing facility on the grounds of one of many RHCs, Fircrest. Governor Inslee put $120 million in his Capital Price range proposal to construct this nursing facility for 120 folks. We don’t need to construct new establishments! Individuals need to see expert nursing out there in communities across the state.

Get the digital background by Ivanova Smith right here.  Click on right here for the agenda.   Script from Sandi Gruberg.  Listed here are the handouts for legislators.

 


 

March seventeenth—Self-advocacy: Nothing About Us With out Us

This week is all in regards to the self-advocates. Constructing new establishments they’re strongly against, however no one requested them earlier than deciding to construct it. Individuals with disabilities have many priceless views. Hear them talk about life in an establishment, jobs, marriage, ageing, abilities and far more! Right now is their day!

Click on right here for the agenda.  Obtain the paintings for this week by Ivanova Smith. Listed here are the handouts for legislators.

 


 

March twenty fourth—Price range:  NO Cuts! No New Establishments!

Making a balanced finances is the one factor legislators are required to do throughout this legislative session. With many new legislators, it can be crucial that you just  educate yours in regards to the wants of individuals with DD.  As a result of COVID-19 has created such an financial disaster in our state, revenues have been brief for some time, however have rebounded. The Governor’s finances didn’t make cuts to DD companies, however he added $120 million to construct a brand new nursing facility for about 100 folks on the grounds of Fircrest! What he didn’t do was put any funding within the Housing Belief Fund DD Set-aside for housing locally. Be taught what you are able to do to assist as we watch for the Home and Senate to launch their budgets quickly.

Get the digital background by Ivanova Smith right here.  Click on right here to get the Agenda. Click on right here for Presentation from Adana Protonentis Residence and Group Primarily based Companies Entry Act HAA. Click on right here for Presentation from Adrienne Stewart Understanding How Advocates Can Impression the Legislative Budgeting Course of.  Click on right here for the ten% HCBS FMAP draft proposal.

 


 

March thirty first —April is Autism Consciousness, Acceptance & Appreciation Month

On December 18, 2007, the United Nations declared April 2nd to be World Autism Consciousness Day, to be noticed  yearly. In 1970, the Autism Society started spreading consciousness about autism within the month of April and it’s now acknowledged nationally. It isn’t sufficient to pay attention to what autism is. We have to be accepting of the various present autistic folks need to share and recognize the variety they convey.
Get the
digital background by Ivanova Smith right here. Click on right here for the Agenda.  Click on right here for Speaker: Zack Siddeek – Advocacy Day Autism Speech. Click on right here for PowerPoint presentation by Jennifer Gerdts, PhD.  Seattle’s Youngsters Autism Heart Overview for Advocacy Day

Learn Governor Inslee’s Proclamation: April is Autism Consciousness, Acceptance & Appreciation Month

Honored Visitor: Evelyn Perez, Retiring Assistant Secretary of Developmental Disabilities Administration

Legislator: Senator Ann Rivers

 


 

April seventh—Fairness & Variety

Individuals of colour or of indigenous backgrounds, immigrants or LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Homosexual, Bi-sexual, Trans, Queer or different identities) expertise racism and different systemic discrimination challenges. We have to make sure that justice and fairness in companies is a proper afforded to everybody. Our state has handed laws to work on police injustices, however a lot must be completed in different areas resembling faculties, incapacity companies, psychological well being wants, housing helps and extra.  Get the digital background by Ivanova Smith right here. Click on right here for the agenda.  Click on right here for handout for legislators  Click on right here for presentation from The Arc of King County – Progressive Income Decision to Assist Inclusive Communities

Particular Visitor: Senator Emily Randall

Tell us how Your Expertise was!

We need to know the way Advocacy Day was for YOU! After every Advocacy Day occasion it is possible for you to to share your expertise with us. Our analysis type is brief and straightforward to fill out, discover it on-line by going to: 2021 Suggestions Type

 

2020 Digital Advocacy Day Recordings:

 

Schooling Companies Throughout COVID-19

Dad and mom of youngsters in class has struggled vastly from the modifications that have been immediately made when COVID-19 hit our state. In-person studying shortly modified to an internet expertise and lots of college students who obtained particular schooling companies not had entry to them. As September approaches, the Workplace of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) should determine the problem of assembly the wants of those college students. Watch beneath for a dialogue with Chris Reykdal and Glenna Gallo and oldsters from our state who share considerations about schooling companies throughout the pandemic.

Click on right here to view the Energy Level presentation used within the webinar.

Our State Price range Disaster

 

The pandemic often called COVID-19 has altered the norm of day by day life for all of us. The financial fallout from this disaster has seen many individuals out of labor and state coffers which might be utterly reliant on folks having and spending cash so as to convey within the income our state must fund fundamental companies that individuals depend on.

On Could 13, 2020, Governor Inslee issued a directive to all state businesses to search for reductions of their budgets for what was regarded as a $7 billion shortfall in state income. Businesses have been informed to search out financial savings of 15% that they might suggest to chop. To see the proposed cuts from the Developmental Disabilities Administration: Proposed cuts 6-2020.

The Arc of Washington State convened a particular session of Digital Advocacy Days, in partnership with the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) and Self Advocates in Management (SAIL). Every week had completely different Visitor Legislators and a dad or mum and a self-advocate from every district to speak about how the proposed cuts could be devastating for them. The recorded classes are beneath.

 

July 2nd: Consultant Timm Ormsby (third LD) & Senator Ann Rivers (18th LD) View the presentation:

Click on right here to view the PDF presentation for July 2nd.

 

July ninth: Senator Karen Keiser (thirty third LD) & Consultant Gina Mosbrucker (14th LD) View the presentation:

Click on right here to view the PDF presentation for July ninth.

 

July sixteenth: Senator Mark Schoesler (ninth LD) & Consultant Skyler Impolite

Particular Visitor: James Kettel, Senate Committee Companies

Click on right here to view the PDF presentation for July sixteenth.

 

July twenty third: Senator Christine Rolfes (twenty third LD) & Senator Andy Billig (third LD)

Click on right here to view the PDF presentation for July twenty third.

 

July thirtieth: Senator David Frockt (forty sixth LD) & Consultant Tana Senn (forty first)

Watch Devon Adelman’s recorded story right here.

Click on right here to view the PDF presentation for July thirtieth.

 

August sixth: Senator Sharon Brown (eighth LD) & Senator John Braun (twentieth LD)

Click on right here to view the PDF presentation for August sixth.

 

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Want extra data? Diana@arcwa.org

 

Educate Your Legislators!

 

Use The Arc’s DD 101 to assist your legislators perceive what companies and helps are utilized by folks with I/DD, which businesses present the companies and the way they’re paid for. The info is offered by the Developmental Disabilities Administration.

Click on right here to obtain/print the 2020 DD 101.

 

 

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