Only with your help
can we ensure that people
with developmental disabilities
have access to a full continuum of care
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.
Canadian skier pulls his disabled brother over the security
barrier so they can celebrate his gold medal together
February 11, 2014
Daily Mail Reporter
A gold medalist Canadian freestyle skier had only one person that he wanted to celebrate with after completing his near-perfect run in Sochi: his disabled
Alex Bilodeau has spoken countless times about how
he is so close with his brother Frederic, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at
a young age and told he would not be able to walk beyond the age of 12, yet more
than 15 years later he is still able to do so.
When 26-year-old Alex made the final stop
at the end of the mountain on Monday night, he immediately
ran over to his brother and pulled him over the barrier so
that they could celebrate together.
Advocates want disabled included in wage hike
Febuary 4, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a dozen advocacy groups are urging President Barack
Obama to include mentally disabled workers in his call to raise the federal minimum
wage for employees of government contractors.
The groups, including the National Organization on Disability and the National Down Syndrome Congress,
said Tuesday they are concerned that Obama's plan for an executive order raising wages to
$10.10 an hour won't cover many disabled people who now earn less than the current federal
minimum of $7.25 an hour.
Seattle Times editorial
February 12, 2014
Olympia — In an editorial published Monday February 10th,
the Times slammed RHCs as too expensive then pulled the
editorial from their website.
Action DD answered them with the following letter
to the the editor:
Your editorial, “End waiting list for people with developmental disabilities” is on the mark for our need to serve the unserved. This is the kind of information that people need to hear. But what you call the “haves and have nots,” misinforms your readers. What the so-called haves “have,” are profound disabilities, and are in need of close care.
Of the 20,000 people with developmental disabilities that are served by our state, 4 percent use Residential Habilitation Centers (RHC) because they require that close care and medical treatment. The ideology that everyone should move out of RHCs has become pervasive and is out dated. It ignores the fact that the physical structure of the RHCs has changed to provide services in a home-like environment to fewer people, while providing needed medical and care services. Some people retain an image of the old fashioned institutions that once existed in Washington State, but are now just a part of history.
In a 1999 ruling by the US Supreme Court known as the Olmsted Act, which addressed institutional living, the justices had this to say: “The ADA [The Americans with Disabilities Act] is not reasonably read to impel states to phase out institutions, placing patients in need of close care at risk.”
There is a misguided hope that by closing RHCs, money can be redistributed to others in need. It doesn’t work that way. Those receiving services in an RHC require high maintenance.
They cost even more in a community setting where the economy of scale provided at an RHC is missing.
Even more expensive are those who must stay in hospitals, costing 2 to 3 thousand or more dollars a day when they are denied admission to an RHC for convalescence.
I invite you to take a virtual tour of Fircrest RHC in Shoreline by visiting this website:
If I may be of service to you, feel free to ask.
Paul Strand, President