Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy (WAAA)
Director since 2016
Katie Hurt has been a member of The Arc of King County Board of Directors since 2016. Katie grew up in the disability community. From a young age when her brother was diagnosed with Autism she honed her advocacy skills on behalf of her brother and their friends from the playground to the classroom to school board meetings and now with the Social Security Administration and the Courthouse. She attended the Experimental Education Unit (EEU) with her brother as students in the preschool classroom and later returned in 2006 to be a teacher’s assistant. She understands first-hand the struggles and needs of families impacted by disabilities. She pursued a profession in law to meet some of the more complex and lesser understood needs of these families.
Katie has had the good fortune to work with and learn from the two foremost authorities on disability law in Washington State. During law school, Katie began her practice of disability law as an intern with attorney and disability advocate Larry Jones. She worked with Larry Jones until his retirement in 2013. She then began working with Brothers & Henderson, P.S. and continues to hone her advocacy skills through presentations and client representation.
In her spare time, Katie hikes, camps, knits, and runs ½ marathons with her husband, friends, and large extended family. She also coaches skiing with the Ski Hawks Special Olympics ski racing team and in the off-season, is an active member of the board of directors. She volunteers with her dad as an assistant coach for Special Olympic basketball and track and field. Katie also serves on the Board for The Arc of Washington and as an advisor to Special Olympics Washington Family Outreach.