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Be the change

Your voice, your perspective, your ideas can make a difference.

At The Arc of King County, we teach civic engagement and leadership skills and connect people to opportunities so they can be the change they want to see.

Our approach

We use a steps-to-inclusion framework, helping people move from being concerned about something, to being able to assess who to contact, what to ask for and how to influence. This involves a mix of engagement opportunities and issue education through newsletter, social media, and workshops.

If you want to influence, you need to understand what is going on and feel confidant using your voice.

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Our programs

King County Coalition for Developmental Disabilities - A grassroots group that protects and promotes the rights of people with disabilities and works to improve health, education, and other supports by engaging with legislative leaders and other government officials.

The Inclusion Academy - For parent's (and allies!) of children age 2 to 5 who want to create inclusive early learning opportunities and promote disability equity. This a cohort-style leadership development program, with a focus on the science of early childhood development, disability equity, and the lifelong benefits of inclusion. This pilot program is funded by the Best Starts for Kids Innovation Fund, Prenatal to 5. 

Investing in Student Potential -  A statewide group pushing to ensure every learner gets what they need, when they need it. We helped found and now sit on the steering committee of this coalition to advance quality education for students with disabilities.

Leadership Intensive - A cohort-style leadership development course for people with developmental disabilities, family members, and allies. Cohorts launch as funding allows. Class topics include:

  • Advocacy strategies
  • Disability pride and disability justice
  • Community organizing
  • The social safety net
  • Public policy and budgets,
  • The school system
  • The civil rights movement
  • Communication and presentation skills


Advoactes gather for a group shot during th 2017 state legislative session