Change happens when ordinary people band together to lift our voices and make sure that “the way things are” changes to become “the way things ought to be.”

How can you fight for disability justice?

Contact your members of Congress and let them know that Medicaid is vital to the health and well-being of people with disabilities.

You can also call 1-866-426-2631 to be connected to key Republican members of Congress who can help stop the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson proposal.

Get active in the De-Escalate Washington campaign! You can read more about Washington Initiative 940, request a petition, sign up to volunteer, and find events to attend here.

Call local police and fire (non-emergency numbers) and provide information about a person with disability in your home. (Google: “(Your town name) police nonemergency number” to find that phone number.)

This can help prevent misunderstandings if they are called to your home, and it can help them plan for evacuations during a natural disaster or other emergency.

If your local government doesn’t have an accessible emergency plan, here are guidelines it can follow.

Make sure you are registered to vote here.

Follow SEIU 775 and the ARC on Facebook and Twitter for more information on more issues and initiatives that affect people with disabilities.

Some of the bills we’ll be watching in the Washington Legislature in 2018 are:

HB 1744: Bans PFAS chemicals from food packaging such as microwave popcorn and fast food.

HB 1139: Expanding the types of services provided by the Office of Public Guardianship (supported decision-making).

SB 5448 / HB 1788: Prevents school staff from requiring parents to put their child with disabilities on psychotropic meds to participate in activities.

Also, check out The Arc’s blog for more information.

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