Dear Advocate for our citizens with Developmental Disabilities,
We are gathering people and organizations to become members of our Developmental Disabilities Coalition for Washington State. We realized that the support is very fractured across the state and with this new coalition we will be able to communicate, educate and interact with others who maintain that a continuum of care for our citizens is critical.
DD Advocates support person-centered care which focuses on quality of life issues, health, safety and community for our loved ones. We uphold the U.S. Supreme Court Decision Olmstead which guarantees choice to the individual.
This letter is going to all groups within our state who advocate for our citizens with developmental disabilities. Please pass it on to new groups or interested people. Also, please read the enclosed Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Letter regarding their position on H.R. 2032, a bill which does not uphold the U.S. Supreme Court Decision Olmstead.
There is much work to be done particularly with the onset of more budget cuts. This is not the time to continue a fractured advocacy movement.