Changes in Legislation Allow Individuals with Disabilities More Access to Services
The Washington State Legislature passed another bill this session improving services for those with disabilities. Formerly, the law required individuals with disabilities to choose between receiving employment services or community access services—both of which are highly beneficial to improving quality of life. The new bill (HB 1980) removed that restriction, allowing individuals with disabilities to receive services for both a rewarding career and engagement in their local community.
While employment services help individuals find meaningful jobs and training, community access programs focus on educational, vocational, social, and recreational skills of the individual. They can help families and caregivers better adjust to changing conditions and help stabilize the emotional and mental status of individuals with disabilities, helping them become more self-sufficient. Together these programs provide a more holistic range of services for our clients. This change is just one more step toward building equity for those with disabilities!
The bill was delivered to Governor Inslee on March 7, 2022.