Advocacy Resources


Mission, Services and Website

ARC of Washington State
The ARC’s mission is to advocate for the right of children and adults with developmental disabilities to live, learn, work and play in the community.

Services include:
  • Outreach to senior parents caring for adult children with disabilities
  • Outreach to communities of color
  • Peer support for parents
  • Peer support and leadership training for self-advocacy
  • Parent classes
  • Information and referral
Alliance of People with disAbilities
APD promotes equality and choice of people with disAbilities through advocacy, collaboration and programs.

Services include:
  • Information and Referral
  • Independent Living Skills Training
  • Peer groups
  • disAbility Law projects provides legal information and assistance, as well as consultations regarding civil rights.
  • Access reviews
  • Systems advocacy
  • Community education
People First of Washington
People First is a self advocacy organization for individuals with developmental disabilities. People First is involved in legislative advocacy, supporting people obtain their rights as citizens, promoting respectful language among and other activities that promote the rights of individuals with disabilities.
Disability Rights Washington (DRW)
DRW provides advocacy services on a variety of civil and legal rights issues to people with disabilities free of charge.
W.I.S.E. Washington Initiative for Supported Employment
WISE is an organization dedicated to expanding employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. They work with social service providers, county governments, school districts, private businesses and families to provide: Technical Assistance; Support Resources; Project Demonstration; Trainings; Technology Consulting; Annual Conferences.
APSE - Association of People Supporting Employment First
APSE is the only national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities. APSE is a growing national non-profit membership organization, founded in 1988.
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