Advocacy and Civic Engagement

Purpose of the Program

We aim to impact systems and policy change that create inclusive communities where the whole of a person’s intersectional identity can be seen and celebrated. We do this by providing culturally and linguistically diverse individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities and their families with resources, trainings, and a safe space to develop and express their stories, while being supported on paths to advocate for the change they believe in.

Image description: Image of a culturally diverse group of ODMF Advocates in red and yellow t-shirts on the steps of the Washington State Capitol with Representative Tina Orwall. Picture taken after the signing of Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1130.

2021 Legislative Priorities

Image description: Image of Parent and Self-Advocate with State Senator Rebecca Saldana standing in an office. Picture taken at Investing in Student Potential Advocacy Day in Olympia.

Program Activities and Services

Image description: Image of a culturally diverse group of people standing outside with signs. In the front row is a person sitting in a wheelchair. They are holding signs that say: Help us help ourselves, Autistic people have changed the world, We need interpreters, I want my own money Thank you, We want to work, Bring back DACA, We need interpreters in schools, I love my job, Affordable Housing Now, We don't want to stay home. Picture taken as advocates prepare for King County Legislative Forum for Developmental Disabilities

Languages Spoken by Team: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Punjabi, Japanese, Vietnamese

Thank you to our Funders!