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The issues

The Arc of King County is part of The Arc's national network and engages in policy development at the local, state and federal levels. Our work is guided by positions taken by The Arc nationally in the areas of quality of life, civil rights, life in the community, and systems change. You can explore The Arc's positions here.

Locally, we work with coalitions to amplify our work.
 

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

We work on early learning issues with the Early Learning Action Alliance, staffed by the Children's Alliance. We also support the civic and community projects of our Inclusion Academy participants.

K-12 EDUCATION

We work on K-12 and special education funding and policy issues with Investing in Student Potential. This new coalition advocates for designing systems to give every learner what they need, when they need it. You can read legislative priorities for students with disabilities here.

HOUSING

We work on housing issues with the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance. You can read about priority housing issues here.

COMMUNITY & LONG-TERM SUPPORTS

We work with The Arc of Washington on issues that cover civil rights, community access and inclusion, and long-term health and human services. The Arc of Washington, in turn, works with advocates and organizations to promote community-based services. Each year they compile a Legislative Notebook on priorities and data. You can access the 2020 Legislative Notebook here. Our King County Parent and Family Coalition works with the Washington State Parent and Family Coalitions to educate and raise awareness of issues that affect people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. You can follow their I Vote DD campaign on Facebook.

LOCAL ADVOCACY

Finally, we work with the King County Board for Developmental Disabilities, alongside other community groups, to draft state legislative recommendations. While these are not formally adopted by our board, they align with positions taken by The Arc and reflect the concerns we hear from our members and disability rights allies. You can read about the 2020 recommendations of the advisory board below.

2020 Priorities - King County Board for Developmental Disaiblities