News from INDEx

Getting ready for virtual advocacy days

Advocacy Days begin at 10 a.m. on every Wednesday during the 2022 Washington legislative session. There is an hour and a half briefing on current issues at the start and it ends with an afternoon of advocacy. A highlighted topic will be featured each week, the morning briefing will also cover late breaking news on budget items and bills of interest relating to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families. You can register each Advocacy Day

January 12th – “Zooming in on the Northstar! Developmental Disabilities. Funding for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

January 19th – Housing Accessibility. Finding safe, affordable, accessible housing

January 26th – Civil Rights. Guardianship and Supported Decision Making

February 2nd – Employment and Day Services. Currently you must choose between employment services OR day services. Can’t we have both?

February 9th – Barriers to Transportation. Some concerns about public transportation are decisions the state should make. i.e; how to transfer from one county to the next.

February 16th – Caregiving of Children and Adults. Caregivers are paid low wages that require them to work two or three jobs. It’s very hard to find quality caregivers.

February 23rd – Meeting All Needs in Education. Full inclusion for all students! Addressing language supports for all families to participate in their child’s education. Assistive technology and universal design in schools.

March 2nd – Healthcare for People with IDD. There is a lack of qualified healthcare providers for those with IDD dual diagnosis and mental/behavioral health. Medicaid pays 35-50 cents on the dollar compared to private health plans. Many end up in expensive emergency rooms due to this.

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