Saturday, September 17, 2016

Welcome to Voice

We are the movement!

Welcome to Voice, the blog of the advocacy team at The Arc of King County.

This is where we will highlight news and events that will help you engage, as well as share information to help you understand the issues and politics of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Whether you are a self-advocate, a civil rights activist, a parent or family member, or just a friend, we want to help you promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Who are we?

  • Ramona Hattendorf, Director of Advocacy - Policy and legislative lead, and director of programs for activist training and grassroots advocacy.
  • Cathy Murahashi, Family Engagement Coordinator - Trainer and lead for the King County Parent and Family Coalition for Developmental Disability, our grassroots advocacy program.
  • Eric Matthes, Community Change Champions Coordinator - Trainer and lead for C3, an activist training program led by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to promote disability awareness and help advocates become the change.

As a chapter of The Arc, we advocate for many policies related to civil rights, rights in the community, and system supports. But essentially we're building an inclusive world.

Everyone has a right to:

  • Educational opportunities
  • Work opportunities
  • Accessible transportation
  • Community living
  • Health services

What we want for us, we want for everyone.