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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

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

Big Disability Elephant in the Room

I just returned from the Association for Persons in Supported Employment (APSE) Conference. [More information about the organization is available at http://www.apse.org/. One of their initiatives is Employment First which establishes the idea that integrated competitive employment is the first option for all individuals regardless of disability level or support needs. It is exciting that […]

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What ARRA you Buying?

Our auditor suggested that we seek ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) funds. Remember this is the federal program that distributed $787 billion in funds to boost our country out of the recession or to keep us from plunging deeper into recession. I replied to his suggestion by noting that funding for our […]

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Posted in State Policy