The Cross Disability Advocacy Network (CDAN) serves to empower disabled advocates across the state of Washington to collaborate, strategize, and mobilize on Washington State legislation impacting individuals with disabilities. The CDAN works to support individuals with disabilities who advocate for themselves and peers with a ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ perspective. Members are dedicated to learning about legislative advocacy, engaging with legislation, following bills of interest, and leading their community at the state level. The CDAN seeks to provide a place for advocates to discuss legislation which matters to them.
The Cross Disability Advocacy Network (CDAN) held its latest Nothing About Us Without Us briefing on 2/20. The briefing began with a reminder to sign up for DRW’s Cross Disability Advocacy Day in Olympia on 2/27. After, the Network reviewed active bills with scheduled action. First, HB 1793, also known as Don’t Block the Box, passed in the House and is now scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Committee on Transportation at 3:30p.m. on 2/24. Next, SB 5720, concerning the extension of the initial detention period under the Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA), also passed in the Senate and is scheduled for a hearing in the House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary at 10a.m. on 2/21. Then, SB 6205, which would address harassment and workplace abuse towards caregivers, passed in the Senate and is scheduled for a hearing in the House Waivers Committee at 1:30p.m. on 2/24. Next, HB 2386, the Behavioral Health Ombuds bill, passed unanimously in the House and was referred for a hearing in the Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee at 1:30p.m. on 2/21. Lastly, SB 6182 regarding public closed captioning, passed out of the Senate and is scheduled for a hearing in the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee at 10am on 2/25.
After, the CDAN then discussed active bills without scheduled action. First, SB 5395, concerning comprehensive sex education in schools is currently in the House Education Committee, which will likely add amendments to the bill to make it reflect HB 2184 more closely. Next, SB 6287, the Uniform Guardianship Bill, passed the Senate and will likely be referred to the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee. Then, SB 6040 concerning caseload forecasting for people with Developmental Disabilities (DD), had its first hearing in the House and was referred to the Appropriations Committee, but has not been scheduled yet. Then, SB 6378, regarding tenant rights, passed out of the Senate, but has not been referred to a House Committee. Next, HB 1651 on DD civil rights was voted out of the House unanimously, but has not been scheduled in the Senate yet. Next, SB 6419 concerning implementation of the recommendations of the December 2019 report from the William D. Ruckelshaus Center regarding residential rehabilitation center client passed unanimously out of the Senate, but has not been scheduled in the House yet. Finally, HB 2390 on the amendment of several statutes to reflect respectful language regarding people with DD has passed the House and moved into the Senate, but has not been scheduled yet. The briefing concluded with a discussion of upcoming Town Halls and recommendations for engaging with legislators on important bills.
Training and Events Calendar 2020
|February||ADA 30th Anniversary – 2/25 noon|
Cross Disability Advocacy Day – 2/27 10 am – 1 pm