Council News

Public Comment for State Plan Changes

May 24, 2022

The DD Council is seeking public input on changes to our 2022-2026 State Plan. Please review the document below and submit responses on or before July 7, 2022 to brian.dahl@ddc.wa.gov

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Dan Thompson Funding Recommendations Approved by the DDC

January 21, 2022

On January 20, 2022, the Developmental Disabilities Council approved a list of funding recommendations for the Dan Thompson Memorial Developmental Disabilities Community Services Account. Click below to read more.

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Seeking New Council Members

December 9, 2021

The DDC is looking for new Governor-appointed members to serve on the Council.

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Public Policy

2022 Public Policy Legislative Priorities

December 1, 2021

2022 legislative priorities were approved by the DDC council in October 2021 and will guide our efforts during the upcoming legislative session.

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Council News

Funding application for the Dan Thompson Memorial Developmental Disabilities Community Services Account

September 6, 2021

We are very excited to announce the release of the funding application for the Dan Thompson Memorial Developmental Disabilities Community Services Account! Here are some important details about the application.

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Collaborating for a Dementia-Friendly Washington

September 1, 2021

A two-day virtual conference promoting the growth of dementia-friendly communities in our state.

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DDC Community Grant Summaries

July 30, 2021

In response to the hardship that COVID-19 has placed on people’s ability to stay connected and engaged, the Washington State DD Council invested $25,000 to help increase the ability of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis

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Collaborating for a Dementia-Friendly Washington

September 8, 2020

A two-day virtual conference promoting the growth of dementia-friendly communities in our state.

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ADA 30th Anniversary Celebration

July 15, 2020

Join us in celebrating 30 years of progress for all!

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DDC COVID Community Grant Recipients

June 29, 2020

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Public Policy

Virtual Advocacy Day: DD Budget

June 10, 2020

Please join us for a virtual Advocacy Day, hosted by The Arc Washington State, Self Advocates in Leadership and the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council.

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Public Policy

A Message from Our Executive Director: Racism is a Disability Issue

June 5, 2020

We should also remember that racism is a disability issue. Because of the intersectionality of race and disability, many black people with developmental disabilities experience discrimination based on each identity.

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Public Policy

#CutsCauseCrisis

June 4, 2020

Given the unprecedented budget shortfall, the Developmental Disabilities Council, along with 22 other organizations, sent a letter to Washington State budget writers asking them to consider six guiding principles as they face very difficult decisions.

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COVID-19 Community Grants

May 27, 2020

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Community Employment Alliance Virtual Conference

May 5, 2020

A purposeful gathering filled with updates, inspiration, and the motivation to work together!

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Public Policy

Good News: DOH Affirms Non-Discrimination Policy for Medical Treatment

April 29, 2020

The Developmental Disabilities Council is pleased that the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) heard our concerns about the possibility of healthcare discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Public Policy

Clearing Up Confusions About Healthcare Rationing

April 7, 2020

These minutes are from a call that happened with the Department of Health and disability advocates to clear up confusion about rationing health care for people with disabilities.

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Public Policy

DD Town Hall Recorded Sessions

April 7, 2020

The Developmental Disabilities Council, The Arc of Washington State, and the Developmental Disabilities Administration are hosting virtual town hall meetings this week to talk about the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak on the developmental disabilities community, and what is being done to meet the needs of people across the state.

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Let’s Talk: Covid-19

April 6, 2020

Let’s Talk COVID-19 is one page guide for families, friends and care providers of individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, recently published by Informing Families, a resource of the Washington State DD Council.

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Public Policy

“What in the World is Going On?” Plain Language Guide to COVID-19

April 6, 2020

Informing Families (a resource of the Washington State DD Council) recently released a plain talk guide to COVID-19.

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DD Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19

April 2, 2020

Please join the Developmental Disabilities Council, The Arc of Washington State, and the Developmental Disabilities Administration for a virtual town hall to talk about the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak on the developmental disabilities community, and what is being done to meet the needs of people across the state.

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COVID-19 Resources for People with IDD, Families, and Care Providers

March 18, 2020

We’ve compiled a list of official and informal resources for news and information on COVID-19, Services, Education, Health Care, Financial Resources, Activities for School Age Children, Support for Families, and Social Outlets. This list is being updated daily.

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Public Policy

FDA Bans Electrical Stimulation Devices

March 5, 2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration finally published a final rule to ban electrical stimulation devices (ESDs) used for self-injurious or aggressive behavior.

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Public Policy

National DD Awareness Month: What Kind of World Do You Dream of?

March 2, 2020

Celebrating National DD Awareness Month with Informing Families’ video, I Dream of a World, featuring the shared hopes and dreams for all people to live, love, learn, and belong.

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ABLE and DD Endowment Trust Seek New Board Members

February 7, 2020

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2020 AAPD & Coca Cola Summer Internship Program

January 9, 2020

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Public Policy

DDC Welcomes New Public Policy Director

January 6, 2020

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Family Caregiving Advisory Council Seeks Input

December 9, 2019

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Public Policy

Accepting Applications for Public Policy Director

November 20, 2019

The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council is seeking a public policy director to conduct advocacy, capacity building, and systems change activities.

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Pierce and King Counties to Host Legislative Forums

November 15, 2019

Pierce and King Counties legislative forums are coming up. These are great opportunities for everyone to meet and hear from state elected officials.

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CDE Readiness Survey

November 15, 2019

DSHS is working to implement Consumer Directed Employers (CDEs) for Individual Providers (IPs) of in-home personal care and respite in Washington state.

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Public Policy

Opportunity for Input on DDA Service Gap

October 23, 2019

The November 18th meeting of the Joint Legislative Executive Committee (JLEC) on Planning for Aging and Disability Issues will include a discussion about the overwhelming number of DDA clients who are receiving no paid services.

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2019 A Chance to Parent Conference

September 23, 2019

“TASP: A Chance to Parent” Conference is coming to Seattle October 28-29 at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront.

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Disability Organizations Denounce Efforts to Exclude People with Disabilities from Their Communities

September 9, 2019

Disability Rights Washington and dozens of co-signing national and local organizations and legal partners submitted comments to the Attorney General’s Office. The letter sends a clear message to the Attorney General, the legislature, local governments, and the general public that people with mental health disabilities and their allies and advocates will not stand for discriminatory efforts to exclude them from our communities and that efforts to do so will be swiftly met with strong advocacy.

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Meet Our New Executive Director, Jeremy Norden-Paul

August 1, 2019

It’s a sunny day on the shores of Olympia’s Budd Inlet as Ivanova Smith talks policy, advocacy and life in the Pacific Northwest with Washington State DD Council’s new Executive Director, Jeremy Norden-Paul.

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Allies in Advocacy Leadership Forum

July 24, 2019

f you or someone you know is a youth or emerging leader, concerned with the rights of people with a disability, and involved in the self­-advocacy civil rights movement, Allies in Advocacy invites you to join a free all day leadership forum at the SeaTac Airport Conference Center on Tuesday, August 20th from 9 am to 4 pm.

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National Disability Voter Registration Week is July 15-19

July 15, 2019

Did you know that there are nearly 30 million people with disabilities eligible to vote when registered? This number does not even include “the ripple effect” of family, friends, and service professionals who will vote in-line with disability interests.

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Washington DDC Announces New Director

June 3, 2019

The Washington Developmental Disabilities Council is very pleased to announce that Jeremy Norden-Paul will be assuming the position of Executive Director for the Council, effective July 1, 2019.

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Family Caregiver Conference

May 24, 2019

This year’s family caregiver conference, Giving Care Taking Care, is coming up June 3, 2019 in Tukwila, WA. The conference is designed for family and community caregivers and offers practical, up-to-date resources and information to help you in your caregiving responsibilities.

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Financial Exploitation Explained: Learn the Signs, Protect Yourself, Get Help

May 20, 2019

A new video by Informing Families, in collaboration with People First of Thurston County, explains what to look for and how to respond if you or someone you know is being exploited financially.

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Need a Break: Take the DD Respite Survey

May 9, 2019

The Developmental Disabilities Respite Survey is an opportunity to tell us about your respite needs, as well as help you identify options you may not even know about.

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Northwest Access Fund to Host ABLE Workshop

May 9, 2019

The Northwest Access Fund is hosting a free workshop about ABLE accounts in Spokane on May 17th. ABLE accounts present an exciting opportunity for people with disabilities to save without the fear of losing state and federal benefits.

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Local Leadership Request for Proposals

April 15, 2019

The DD Council is now accepting submissions for Developmental Disabilities Local Leadership.

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People First Job Announcements

April 8, 2019

People First of Washington is hiring for two positions: Program Administrator and Office Administrator.

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DD Council Member Recruitment to Open Soon

April 5, 2019

The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council will soon be accepting applications by individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD) to fill open positions on the Governor-appointed Council.

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CMS Decertifies a Section at Rainier School

March 11, 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) notified the state that it is decertifying one of three facilities at Rainier School residential habilitation center in Buckley.

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Recruiting New Executive Director

February 19, 2019

The WA State Developmental Disabilities Council is seeking an Executive Director with demonstrated interest, leadership and experience in directing advocacy and systemic change activities that impact and improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.

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Rooted in Rights: Don’t Block the Box

February 19, 2019

Rooted in Rights is joining Transportation Choices Coalition to support legislation to allow traffic enforcement cameras.

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Family Caregiver Support Group for Memory Loss

January 23, 2019

Are you caring for someone with Down Syndrome who exhibits memory loss? The Alzheimer’s Association invites you to participate in a new support group

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Consumer Directed Employer Webinar

January 8, 2019

Do you provide or receive personal care from an Individual Provider, or know someone who does? Beginning the summer of 2020, a new entity called the Consumer Director Employer (CDE) will assume administrative functions of the Individual Provider workforce.

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