Arc of the Tri-Cities Meet with Legislators in Olympia.Posted: Updated:
RICHLAND, Wash. - Legislators in Olympia are meeting with Arc of the Tri-Cities representatives to discuss the needs of disabled individuals and their families in the Tri-Cities area.
Dozens of people left on a bus at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning from the Arc of the Tri-Cities in Richland for a 5 hour trip to Olympia.
Advocates for people with disabilities are really pushing for two bills this year. One would provide more support for families and children with severe behavior issues, the other would designate October as Disability History Month.
Executive Director of the Arc of the Tri-Cities Judy Westsik said there is a great need of support for the disabled community. "There is a need in the community. People with disabilities are speaking up for themselves. They know what they want. They're contributing members of the society, and they're of value to this community," said Westsik.
She also said this trip is key to developing good relationships with legislators. She adds that trips to Olympia in the past have always been very positive and they anticipate results in their favor. So far the Behavior Crisis Bill SHB 2863 and the Disability History Month Bill SB 6313 have already passed the Senate Floor.
Numbers from the State show there are 474 individuals and families with disabilities in the Tri-Cities who are on a waiting list for support to keep their children at home with them. There are 73 disabled high school graduates without jobs.