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.
2021 - Public Policy Agenda - The Arc of Washington and its chapters, including The Arc of King County, adopted these priorities for 2021.
2021 Progressive Revenue Resolution to Support Inclusive Communities - The board of The Arc of King County passed this resolution in February 2021 to speak out on inequity in our state taxes and the impact it has on people with disabilities, especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Color with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Arc of King County also works with coalitions to amplify our work.
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
We work on K-12 and special education funding and policy issues with Investing in Student Potential. This 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.
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 2021 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.
Finally, we work with the King County Board for Developmental Disabilities, alongside other community groups, to help them develop state legislative recommendations to improve access to community supports, exclusive of education. While these are not formal positions taken by The Arc of King County, they reflect concerns we hear from individuals with I/DD and their families and disability rights allies. You can read 2021 recommendations of the advisory board here.