Advocacy Day: Employment Day and Rally
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 21, 2018, is Employment Day and Rally.
Having a job means so much to individuals with developmental disabilities. It is a way to contribute to our economy by paying taxes, while also providing valued services to communities. But for employment to work well, it is important that special education transition programs provide the right supports. Transition programs in every high school around the state should provide services that help students leave the K-12 world either with a job, or prepared for ongoing education at a college or in a technical program. Many schools fail at this.
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 for the Employment Rally at 12:30 pm.
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.