noun /ˈadvəkət/

 a person who publicly supports or recommends a cause

verb ˈadvəˌkāt/

to plead, support, champion, back up, campaign, uphold & promote

A Strong Voice for Our constituents

Advocacy has always been the core of The Arc's mission. Until only a few decades ago people with developmental disabilities had little opportunity for personal, social or economic growth. But, in the 1950s parents and citizens organized in an effort to change social conventions that marginalized those with different abilities. That organization eventually became The Arc. 

The Arc works with individuals, parents and civic leaders at the local, state and national level to encourage common sense policy and make the world a better place for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). 

Legislative advocacy

Bills of Interest

HB 2578 – This law prevents landlords from denying housing to an individual simply because their primary income is Social Security.

SSB 2448 – This law makes it possible to transfer property to a non-profit supported living agency, provided that a person with I/DD can live in it through their lifetime.

SB 6257 – This law transfers Early Intervention Services to the newly created Department of Children, Youth and Families.

HB 1539 – This law creates a task force to adopt model curriculum to prevent sex abuse of students

HB 2822 – This law defines what a service dog is and creates a fine for misrepresenting an animal.

SSB 6199 – This law removes the responsibility for administering caregiver employment matters from DDA case managers to a separate entity.

Community Advocacy

Our Advocacy Committee explores issues affecting people with I/DD and their families. For some issues, the Advocacy Committee may write an Issue Report or, brief summary of the concern, its history, impact on people with I/DD, and possible solutions.

The committee may also create a Task Force to create and carry out a plan to address that issue. Task Forces rely on community volunteers to be successful. Click the links below to learn what The Arc of Spokane is currently working on.

To learn more about The Arc of Spokane's Community Advocacy effort or to participate on a Task Force, contact Brian Holloway at The Arc of Spokane, (509) 789-8321 or

Individual Advocacy