The Arc of Washington and other Arc chapters in our state receive Washington State funds from the Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) each year for salaries, benefits, travel and other expenses.
This is disturbing for many reasons but particularly because they receive state dollars for “advocacy” yet they do not advocate for a full continuum of care for our many citizens with developmental disabilities. In fact, their advocacy actually causes harm to many with the highest support needs.
We need a full disclosure regarding their advocacy and a statement regarding the fact that they do not advocate for the families and individuals with high support needs who choose to live in supportive communities, campus communities or in congregate care communities. The lack of disclosure together with the impression given that The Arc is the spokesperson for people with developmental disabilities has caused many problems. If there was disclosure and their biases against true choice as written under Olmstead* were clear, I believe we would see a much more united and effective advocacy movement to better serve the continuum of needs.
DDC Payments to The Arc of WA – table of payments for the dates August 2010 – July 2011
*Olmstead – see 1999 US Supreme Court Decision of Olmstead