The North Star Project is a coalition (group) of people with disabilities, the families who love and support disabled loved ones, and service and advocacy organizations. Together they are trying to create an omnibus (large) legislative bill to address our community’s urgent needs. We are working together to create a vision for everything we need, from transportation to residential services to health care.
The disability community’s North Star is to ensure that every person with a developmental disability in Washington State has what they need to thrive in the community, no matter where they live. We thrive when our families and people with disabilities have the resources they need to live full and meaningful lives in the community.
Currently, even if a person receives services, they are usually not enough to meet a person’s basic needs. The State of Washington relies on families to provide unpaid care to their loved ones, making it very hard for a family to survive. Further, only about 1 out of 3 people who are eligible for services receive them.
North Star will create a legislative proposal that addresses everyone’s needs. Anyone who wants to make home and *community-based* services better for people can and should be involved.
We have created a full page of frequently asked questions to help you understand more about our work.