2021 Legislative Events
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.
You can watch all of the 2021 Disability Advocacy Days by clicking this link
To learn more about 2021 bills and priorities for the DD community View "The 2021 Notebook"
This book contains all the bills, budget priorities, and information to support the budget and policy asks to provide services for the I/DD community.
For a English PDF version please click the image
President releases his first Budget proposal
It includes $15.5 billion investment in special education and supports to benefit people with disabilities
Guest can register to attend the 2021 Virtual Community Summit by following this link.
DSHS Developmental Disabilities Administration is pleased to present the
2021 Virtual Community Summit: Thriving Through Equity, Resilience & Inclusion
April 29, 2021—June 30, 2021
Zoom Meeting Dates
May 21st Northwest Washington
May 28th Northeast Washington
June 11th Central Washington
June 18th South Eastern Washington
June 25th King & Pierce Counties
July 9th Southwest Washington & the Peninsula
All meetings are from 3 to 4:30 PM
To RSVP for the Zoom link or to ask any questions about these events please contact Shawn Latham at email@example.com.
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
Not In Pierce County? Get connected to your local group by visiting the People First of Washington website page
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.
Pierce County All Abilities Pride Parade
Saturday June 19th at 3PM!
In place of our end of the year BBQ picnic, we are STILL getting together to celebrate ALL abilities! Decorate your car, your house, your self, make signs, and PARADE with us or around your neighborhood!
No Matter where you are Decorate and Celebrate! Show us your Ability Pride by posting pictures on Facebook/Instagram or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the #PaveAbilitiesParade
Visit the PAVE Website to get more information, including how you can attend from home and to register for the event
Tuesdays 6 to 7:30PM
Physical distance doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected! We look forward to “hanging in” with you virtually!
We use this time to connect, build friendship, and stay connected! For people of all abilities and ages.
Click the link to Join by Zoom
Meeting ID: 803 609 099
Coffee or Tea with P2P
Mondays at 7 pm
Put the kids to bed and come join us for a virtual beverage of your choice with other parents who get it. This group is about sharing resources and just having a safe place to talk about whatever is on your mind.
This meeting supports parents and caregivers of children with special needs or health care needs.
Click Here to Register and receive the meeting link and password.
Rise and Shine with P2P
1st Wednesday 7 -7:30am
You are not alone, we are here to accompany you, help you, cheer you up, and learn together. Here you will find a comfortable space where you can relax and learn; a place to take a few minutes to practice self-care. Here you will have the opportunity were to create a positive mindset and increase your joy and enthusiasm. This is a place to take a break and breathe before facing your daily demands.
See you soon!
Family Support Group
2nd Thursday of the month 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
(except holidays and summer months)
Join us to talk with other individuals, parents, caregivers, and allies in the Pierce County Autism Community. This group is about social connection, building community, emotional support, laughter, sharing resources, and just having a safe place to talk with other people who get it.
Click here to register and you will receive an email with the Zoom meeting link and password to join the event.
Sharing Down Syndrome Pierce County
Mom's Night In
2nd Friday of each month 7pm
Grab your dinner and a drink and join us online for social time together!
This meeting is open to anyone caring for a child with a disability or chronic health care need – Although this meeting is geared largely toward individuals born with Down Syndrome and the people who support them.
Padres Unidos del Candado de Pierce
Parents United in Pierce County
El ultimo Viernes del mes 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Last Friday of the month (except holidays)
Es un grupo para padres y cuidadores de personas discapacitadas que tal vez tienen necesidades médicas o de aprendizaje especiales. También es un lugar donde conocer otros padres con los mismos sueños esperanzas y preocupaciones. Además, un lugar donde reír, compartir recursos y apoyo un lugar donde simplemente se puede hablar con confianza y ser entendido.
Registrarse arriba o aquí.