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Disability Advocacy

Why should I get involved in legislative advocacy?

Hearing from constituents helps legislators make their decisions.  Change in the past has been largely driven by advocates.

Where should I go if I want to learn more, or get involved with legislative advocacy?

Get in touch with the King County Family Coalition or the Advocacy Program for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Where should I go if I am not in King County?

Find your local chapter of The Arc here


Self Advocacy

Disability Specific Advocacy

Advocacy for Specific Government Services/Programs




The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people. Our activities include public policy advocacy and community engagement.


At the Children’s Alliance, we’re advocates for kids. We ensure that laws, policies and programs work for kids, and we hold our leaders accountable until they secure the resources required to make all children safe and healthy.


We advocate for improvements to Washington State’s DD service delivery system through our lobbying and grassroots efforts.


Disability Rights Washington (DRW) is a private non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide. Their mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. They work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights. Contact them for: Disability rights information; Technical assistance for disability issues; General information about legal rights; Strategies about how to become a stronger self-advocate; Information sheets on a wide range of subjects to empower individuals with disabilities to better advocate for themselves; Community education and training; and Legal services for disability rights violations.


People First of Washington is a self advocacy organization for individuals with disabilities. They believe that people with all kinds of (dis) ABILITIES have the right to be equal and respected citizens in our communities. ..we have the right to work, live, have fun, make friends, take risks, and learn to speak up for ourselves. People have the right to make their OWN informed choices.


An advocacy group that is bringing awareness to the importance of schools and classrooms becoming places of empowerment to support all students in acquiring and effectively using the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to navigate our complex social-emotional world, including school. The well-being and sustainability of our society depends on each of us using our emotions intelligently and it should not be the “luck of the draw” to happen to have a teacher or school that implements SEL.


Self-Advocates in Leadership (SAIL) is a statewide coalition in Washington State of people with developmental disabilities.


SOAR is the coalition working together to promote the healthy development of children, youth & families in King County.


The Alliance of People with disAbilities works to make our community more accessible, inclusive, and usable for everyone. They also offer independent living skills training, and support groups from time to time.


We are the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.


Read about current issues in Washington for people with developmental disabilities, and find out how you can participate.


The riot rocks offers a newsletter, a blog where self-advocates can share opinions, an online art gallery, toolkits, games and services to help individuals become stronger self-advocates.


United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities.


The Washington C.A.P. is an advocacy program with the following services: Provides information about the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) and Independent Living Programs (ILP’s). Explains your rights and responsibilities as an applicant or client of these rehabilitation agencies. Works to solve problems through negotiation. Offers information about the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Offers information about social security benefits. Offers individualized advocacy services including assistance with administrative proceedings.


Developmental Disabilities Council members are appointed by the Governor to plan comprehensive services for the State of Washington's citizens with developmental disabilities.


Find out what is going in in your district, with your legislators, and with current bills, laws and rules.