Injustice – this law certainly is. It was propelled through a rapid process with little thought, planning or research done. The backers of it told half-truths at best to out-right lies about the people it affected, will affect and their research. They refused to answer critical questions from concerned advocates and community members, harassed and wrote libelous comments about people who disagreed with their “cause.”
One would think that the Seattle Commission would be a little more concerned about the fall-out from their victory – but given that the Commission has no clue about what it takes for job development, job skill building, appropriate supports, and funding for those supports to be sustained, they apparently think that magic will happen and jobs will appear because of this law. They think their job is done.
Now we can clean up their mess.
The 2017 Commission for PwD had an Employment Committee with some great goals – although elimination of the special certificates was not among those goals. I’m not sure when and how that became the goal but it appears that the other goals were forgotten.
The fact that the Commission for PwD has no follow up or evaluation process it is up to others to do that. The lies continue – coming from both people on the commission and the Mayor.
Since the Commission for PwD no longer has an Employment Committee, they can sit back and pat themselves on the back for their wonderful work. I think they need to be held accountable to their actions – I’m trying to get the information out but it’s hard when I’m blocked and censored.
My son and I went to their meeting yesterday to give a Public Comment to The Commission for People with Disabilities April 19, 2018. Even though we were there at the published time for the start of the meeting and public comments, the Commission was already on their 3rd or 4th agenda item, no sign-in sheet and no acknowledgment.
They make it very difficult to be involved in processes which affect our community members – curious how they think they are meeting their purpose of accountability and working with the community on issues that concern them.
Below are just a couple of the outright lies that the now Co-Chair of the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities wrote:
“The Commission IS disabled people, half with I/DD, several with intellectual disabilities. We had testimony from disabled people and family members across the city, all in support. We have already worked with the families and employers affected by this legislation, all of whom supported and consented to it.
Don’t make assumptions and assume the disabled people are too stupid to decide what we need or to collaborate with other disabled people.”
“That’s why the rule change, proposed and advocated for by people with I/DD is so fantastic. Your assumptions are just that: assumptions that have no basis in fact. I’m not college-educated and we have multiple members with ID and I/DD – just because you don’t agree with our conclusions doesn’t invalid our experiences.
BTW, we worked not just with disabled community members but with the workers, their families, and employers, all of whom agreed to this change, none of whom are losing their jobs. Please don’t make assumptions about us or decide what we need without talking to us. “