The 2021 Legislative session was the most accessible legislative session in Washington history. Families, self advocates, and allies to the disability community were able to testify, attend hearings, sign in to support or oppose bills and lobby their legislators all from the comfort of their own homes.
AUGUST 12th 2021 Improving housing access for people with disabilities in Pierce County Let’s talk about what solutions are needed going forward locally to expand housing access, affordability, and options for people with Disabilities in Pierce County.
SEPTEMBER 9th 2021 Quality Cognitive and Adaptive Testing Testing can be something that makes or breaks a person's access to disability services. This session will discuss testing accepted by systems like DDA and SSI; How to access testing; and understand paperwork from the school and medical field.
OCTOBER 14th 2021 Highschool Transition: Plans for post high school adult life. Talk with experienced leaders about: What makes a great transition Individual Education Plan (IEP); Services 18-21 and beyond; Ways to build life skills and balance academics; When and how graduation pathways start; Work skills and placement options; Creative and individualized job skills and life skills goals and plans; and Student and parent rights in the process.
People First of Pierce County People first is one of the top self-advocacy organizations in the United States. The pierce chapter is 1 of over 30 active chapters around the state of Washington with a membership of over 1,000 people. They offer numerous opportunities for inclusive events as well as resources for training materials on self-advocacy, leadership, fundraising, etc. All are welcome to join. Meetings: 1st Wednesday at 2pm Click this link to join the monthly meeting! By Phone: 1-253-215-8782
SAIL (Self Advocates In Leadership) A group of advocate leaders who work together to make the state of Washington a better place for all. 2nd Tuesdays 1 to 4pm This group builds productive relationships to make a positive impact while shaping public policy in the state and federal government.