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Jim Larson is the President/CEO of Morningside

Farewell for Now

Well my 46 year career assisting individuals with disabilities with employment is coming to a close.  Today is my last day – tomorrow I begin my retirement.  The last 29 years working at Morningside have been wonderful.  During this time the organization transformed from a sheltered workshop where individuals with disabilities worked in a segregated […]

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Posted in Advocacy, Morningside Celebrations

Lawsuit Brought by DRW to Close the Institutions

Over several posts I have shared King 5 news investigators reports on “Last of the Institutions”.  This hard hitting and truthful series pointed out Washington State’s archaic practice of institutionalizing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Advocates for inclusive communities have been waving the banner for years to close the institutions pointing out all the […]

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Posted in Advocacy, Disability Policy, Inclusion, State Policy

Last of the Institutions – Part II

In December I posted a comment and link to a series of reports conducted by King 5 Investigators. The series entitled “Last of the Institutions”, is a multi-part in depth series examining the many facets of Washington States institutions for individuals with developmental disabilities. Susannah Frame who produced and narrates the series explores the social, […]

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Posted in Advocacy, Disability Policy, Inclusion, State Policy

“Last of the Institutions” a must see

Over the past several weeks, King 5 Investigators have been airing “Last of the Institutions”, a multi part in depth series examining the many facets of Washington States institutions for individuals with developmental disabilities. Susannah Frame who produced and narrates the series explores the social, political, and emotional issues from various views of individuals who […]

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Posted in Advocacy, Disability Policy, Uncategorized

Taxes and Institutions

The November 20th edition of the Puget Sound Business Journal includes an article titled “Washington’s Economic Detective: Dick Conway (pictured) explains why the tax system of today starves the state.” Mr. Conway is a regional economic researcher and serves on the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers. As a proponent of a single rate income tax […]

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Posted in Advocacy, Disability Policy, State Policy

Advocacy is Critical

Advocacy is very critical for continuing to provide services for individuals with developmental disabilities in the community. There has been quite a tug of war the last few years over services offered by the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) over the types of “day services” individuals with disabilities need. Basically we have advocated and the state […]

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Posted in Advocacy

Schools Directed to Provide Sports for Students with Disabilities.

I just heard today driving to work listening to NPR that the Department of Education is creating a Title 9 program for individuals with disabilities in publically funded schools.  This is absolutely cool.  Please read the NPR news spot.  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=170229198 This is indeed great news.    CEO Viewpoint is published by Jim Larson, CEO Morningside […]

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Posted in ADA, Advocacy, Transition