"Our lives begin to end
the day we become silent
about things that matter." -- Martin Luther King
Advocates For People With Developmental
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Preserving the residential and health care services of
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Action DD is the only
disabilities advocacy licensed in Washington
state that does not receive government money. Therefore, we are
free to represent the best interests of people with
developmental disabilities. We do so by lobbying for
the care of the most needy.
Action DD leaders and volunteers receive no compensation.
Your donation will continue this work.
Action DD Summer meeting
Members will meet June 20th for the annual election of officers.
Legislative activities for the last session will be reviewed
as well as planning for the coming year. Members will
be welcomed with plenty of sunshine and a great lunch.
for details and an agenda click
Action DD Legislative
reception and meeting a success
February 3, 2015
Thirty plus members of Action DD and others met Tuesday for a day long
legislative reception and meeting on Capital Campus.
We were given a very nice room in the Prichard Library.
The keynote address was given by Senator Maralyn
Chase (D) 32 district. She explained the
Action DD testifies to keep Yakima Valley School Open
February 2, 2015
John Mahaney, Paul Strand, Rick Jensen, and
Julianne Moore testified today in support of
5243. Two years ago the legislature voted to close YVS by attrition.
Since then, services have been reduced and much needed
respite care is dwindling. SB 5243 would stop closure
and restore YVS to its vital mission.
Testifiers sat through a long morning of bills before SB 5243 was
heard. Even then only one minute was given to each who
testified. The exception was Senator Jim Honeyford (R)
15th district, the bill's sponsor. He was given
adequate time to explain the purpose of the bill and his
strong feelings for the continued need for Yakima Valley
School. Opponents to the bill had little to say. ...More News
From Our President
It's important to know the facts
Fact 1. Only 4% of people with a developmental
disability who require state services
live in a large facility called an RHC*. (They need them)
Fact 2. People who need RHC care cost just as much
when served in the
community, but the community provides fewer services.
Fact 3. Closing RHCs and moving residents causes depression,
injury and death. This is called transfer trauma. It's now
Fact 4. Washington State wants to close RHCs. They are
encouraged by community based advocacy groups and even
the federal government.
Fact 5. People want the
services of RHCs. For people in need of close care the RHC
is the best possible treatment and residential option.
Fact 6. People with high care
needs are often isolated in apartments not free to be part
of a community. Many are being deprived the needed
care of an RHC.
Fact 7. RHCs may not look like
what you've been told. Click on gold seal to see.
* What's an RHC? It's what Washington
State calls an
institution for people with developmental disabilities who are in need of close
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