The Arc of King County and King County Developmental Disabilities Council hosted the recent Developmental Disabilities Legislative Forum. The theme of the evening was “The Unserved.” Yes, this is a huge issue but an even larger issue was the blatant discrimination against our most vulnerable citizens by The Arc of King County and Lance Morehouse, Outreach Coordinator and Advocacy Coordinator King County Parent Coalition, The Arc of King County.
Morehouse refused to allow two groups to speak at the forum stating there were time limits and a change of focus of the forum. Make no mistake about this – these groups do serve the” unserved” and that is part of their focus but they were denied a chance to speak due to their advocacy for a continuum of care. The Arc is opposed to any congregate care and therefore discriminates against those for whom this care is the LEAST RESTRICTIVE, safest and cost effective care for those who chose this type of care.
The Arc of King County receives thousands of county and state public dollars every year for outreach and advocacy, parent training, parent to parent, and many other services. The Arc uses some of these public funds to discriminate against our most vulnerable, censor information from advocates for a full continuum of care and block information which may be life-saving to some people with DD or their families.
It is time to question these practices which are paid for with public funds.
Below is a link to the letter which I wrote to members of the King County Council and legislators from King County. I do hope that this issue will be taken seriously and these decision makers become aware of the publicly funded discrimination against our most vulnerable and their advocates.