Advocacy Day: Family Services (including Multicultural Families)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
10:00 am3:00 pm
Washington State Capitol, Olympia
Advocacy Day: Family Services (including Multicultural Families)

Every Wednesday, January 24 through March 7, is Advocacy Day for The Arcs in Washington. Each week has a different theme, but you can engage with legislators on any issue you want.

The theme for February 7, 2018, is Family Services, including Multicultural Families.

Families provide the majority of care for people with developmental disabilities, saving our state lots of money and helping individuals participate of their communities. Whether your child is very young, a teen, or an adult, there are services that can benefit them. Respite care is critical service, but its often difficult to find a provider. Multicultural families often have a more difficult time accessing services and supports due to language barriers and cultural customs.

Join and learn from Open Doors for Multicultural Families, Parent to Parent, local chapters of The Arc, and the Washington State Parent Coalitions (including out own King County Parent and Family Coalition). Bring your children!

We will meet at United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501, at 10 am for a briefing before heading to the Capitol Campus.

Times noted for this event are typical for attendees; you can come as early or stay as late as you want. We encourage you to attend a hearing or work session while you are in Olympia. You should also plan to stop by the offices of your state representatives and state senator to let them know what bills you support.

See below for website links to daily legislative agendas and legislator contact information.

Please note: Hearing agendas can be updated daily, with bills being added or dropped at the last minute.

NOTE: If you want to request a meeting with your elected leader, you MUST request it in advance, typically 2 or more weeks ahead of time. Availability of legislators to meet one-on-one with constituents during the legislative session is limited, though staff may have more flexibility. If they can't meet, ask if there is a town hall that they are hosting. This is another great way to connect.