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can we ensure that people
with developmental disabilities
are recognized and their
Action DD is the only
disabilities advocacy licensed in Washington
state that receives no government money. Therefore, we are
free to represent the best interests of people with
developmental disabilities. Action DD leaders and volunteers receive no compensation.
Autism Speaks releases in
depth survey of housing needs
November 14, 2013
Autism Speaks has released a first ever survey designed to measure and define the
physical housing needs as well as the types of support
services needed by young adults and adults with autism,
so that they may live as independently as possible.
The overarching theme was a
clear and significant need for more housing and residential
supports options for the autism community.
See the Residential
Supports Survey report here.
Action DD adds a Committee
to study community living
October 30, 2013
Olympia -- At the Action DD fall meeting members created a
new committee charged with studying the quality of life in
community based homes. Also, Membership gave the go-ahead to
become a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization.
National Guard Center will not go to Rainer School after all
October 13, 2013
LAKEWOOD (AP) -- The state Military Department will build a new $33.6 million National Guard readiness center at its headquarters in Lakewood's Camp Murray.
The Tacoma News Tribune reports that the decision is a disappointment to the city of Buckley, which had been lobbying to bring the project to the state's Rainier School for the developmentally disabled; leaders had wanted to increase use of that facility.
Department spokeswoman Karina Shagren says the new plan will bring about 40 full-time employees to Camp Murray, and add 339 citizen soldiers to those who use it for weekend trainings.
The school has faced closure threats for years.
State Sen. Pam Roach, an Auburn Republican, says she had hoped to bring jobs to Buckley, but that the readiness center in Lakewood will nonetheless benefit the state and Pierce County.
Associates sponsor banquet
September 23, 2013
Medical Lake — On Monday September 23rd Lakeland Village Associates provided a banquet for residents of Lakeland Village. A full course dinner was served by wait people
dressed in in black and white, in a basketball
court sized dining room. It included lasagna, and cheesecake. Tables were decorated and a three piece combo played traditional dinner music as more than a hundred dined.
Gifts were given, a raffle was held and a huge stuffed toy was sold at auction. Friends, staff, guests and legislators joined in. Speakers included a state senator and representatives of VOR and Action DD.
It was heartwarming to see so many having such a good time. This banquet should set the standard for how we honor all of our friends with developmental disabilities.
Senator Mark Schoesler topped off the evening with a
touching speech about the value of friendship.
Washington State high court rules comfort dog in court
September 26, 2013
By RACHEL LA CORTE — Associated Press
OLYMPIA — The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the presence of a "comfort" dog
during courtroom testimony from a developmentally disabled adult victim did not violate the
defendant's right to a fair trial.
Read full story in the Olympian