Annual Legislative Forum
Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Supports Division
The King County Developmental Disabilities Legislative Forum is an opportunity to educate elected officials on issues that are important to the intellectually and/or developmentally delayed or disabled (I/DD) community. This is done through sharing King County's I/DD legislative priorities, and also by having our community members share their personal stories as they relate to the priorities.
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Learn More about the 2022 Legislative Priorities
There are several ways you can learn more about the 2022 Legislative Priorities.
Download an Infographic Summary of Issues
King County used a community informed approach to develop the 2022 priorities. Download an infographic summary Here!
Download a Text-Only Summary of Issues
Take a Deeper Dive into Each Issue
- Promote equitable access and connections to culturally relevant services and resources in the community for individuals with disabilities or delays of all ages and their families.
- Increase language access by funding interpreters and translators to receive specialized training in disability issues.
- Fund cultural navigation statewide to support access and engagement with available services.
- Invest in a workforce reflective of communities served, to more effectively support individuals with disabilities and delays. Emphasize strategies for recruitment, retention, culturally responsive training, and career pathways for Black, African American, Indigenous, and People of Color providers and leaders.
- Increase access to recreational, social, and other community supports to promote health, inclusion and belonging.
4. Invest in employment to support economic recovery and build on state investments in special education.
- Increase the rate for Employment and Day Program services to support provider sustainability and growth and help get people with I/DD back to work.
- Implement the recommendations identified in the State Transition Collaborative’s January 2021 report to improve transition outcomes for students with I/DD who are leaving high school. This includes expanding School-to-Work statewide, establishing data sharing with state agencies, and supporting students and families to learn about transition services and resources.