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Advocates For People With Developmental Disabilities

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can we ensure that people
with developmental disabilities
have access to a full continuum of care

Action DD is the only disabilities advocacy licensed in Washington state that receives no government money. Therefore, we are free to represent the best interests of people with developmental disabilities.  Action DD leaders and volunteers receive no compensation.

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Action DD summer meeting elects 2 new officers
The Action DD summer meeting saw a change in the executive board.  Sola Raynor has replaced Melanie Robinson as business Vice-president and Shelly Strand Filled the vacant position as secretary.
      Sola was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. She earned her Master's Degree in Social Work at Eastern Washington University. She worked as Attendant Counselor at Lakeland Village in Medical Lake for two years and as a Case Resource Manager at the DDD Region 1 Field Service Office for three years. She now is a real estate agent.
      Shelly is a student at South Puget Sound Community Collage in Olympia. She is the mother of 4 and the sister of Eric Strand a resident at Fircrest School.
      Emily Medeiros, the safety officer at Yakima Valley School, has joined us as our new fundraising committee chair.

The Case for Designating People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as a Medically Underserved Population
April 8, 2014
Autistic Self Advocacy Network

There are still more than 54 million Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), including individuals with physical, mental health, sensory, environmental, and cognitive disabilities lacking adequate health care because of a lack of primary care providers who are properly trained to treat them. In 2000, the website Healthy People 2010 cautioned that “as a potentially underserved group, people with disabilities would be expected to experience disadvantages in health and well-being compared with the general population.” Unfortunately, that statement continues to be correct as people with I/DD remain subject to significant health care disparities.
       Right now, people with ID/DD are not included in the federal government’s definition of Medically Underserved Populations (MUP). That is why it is very important that awareness of this issue be spread so that the Health Resources Services Administration will take action to include people with ID/DD in the MUP definition. Failing that, Congress should act to ensure this community’s inclusion in the official definition. By including people with I/DD in the federal definition of a Medically Underserved Population, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have access to better quality health care and better quality of life.


Why isn’t there more respite care?

Why must people linger on waiting lists?

Why are people turned away?

Why must there be an age limit at our RHCs?

A biased audit and Action DD's response.  Click here

From Our President
April 19, 2014


Congress hears the facts about deinstitutionalization.
VOR's David Heart tells congress, "No federal agency should define 'choice' so narrowly and illegally as to disenfranchise the most vulnerable segment of our disabled population." Read it all hear.

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Speaker of the House Frank Chopp told us, “We need a full continuum of services for people with developmental       disabilities.”

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