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

Team Members

Program Manager

Moses Perez


Community Engagement Assistant

Ky Ly


Executive Assistant

Lorres Jensen


Advocacy Intern

Sunny Gao


Advocacy Intern

Munisha Kaur


Advisor and Co-President of the Board of Directors

Ros Damm


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

Thank you to our Funders!