Public Policy and Community Mobilization
Seeking positive change through public policy
Disability Rights Washington’s public policy work includes research, analysis, community education and organizing, and education of policymakers. Our public policy work relies on participation by people with disabilities. Disability Rights Washington works with individuals with disabilities to meaningfully access, educate and influence policymakers on issues that matter to them.
Disability Rights Washington forges links between policymakers and their constituents who have disabilities at all levels of government. This is done by working in coalition with both local and statewide advocacy groups, and working on policies that affect the rights of people whether in the state Legislature, city or county government, or in administrative departments and services.
Cross Disability Advocacy Network
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.