Aging and Disability Services (ADS) and its Advisory Council advocate on behalf of older adults, family caregivers and people with disabilities for local, state and national programs that promote quality of life for these populations.
ADS Advisory Council members participate in other local and regional advocacy coalitions to ensure that our communities are aging friendly—great places for people of all ages to grow up and grow old.
By 2035, nearly 25 percent of King County’s residents will be age 60 or older. Local government and Aging and Disability Services—your local Area Agency on Aging—can work together to make a difference for community elders.
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The ADS Advisory Council hosts an informational listserv to share announcements about local, state, and national advocacy that impact older adults and people with disabilities. This is not a discussion forum but a way to help us share important information with a broader audience. To have your e-mail address added to the listserv, contact Gigi Meinig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-684-0652.
- Visit Congress.gov to find and contact your Congressional representatives and to learn about bills, agendas, committees, etc.
- Visit Washington State Legislature to find and contact your legislator and to learn about bills, agendas, committees, etc.
- Call the Washington State Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to voice your opinion on the issues.
- Visit King County Council and King County Executive to find and contact your elected County officials and to learn about local initiatives.
- Visit Seattle City Council and Seattle Office of the Mayor to find and contact Seattle officials in Seattle and learn about local initiatives.
- Attend the Advisory Council’s Advocacy Committee meeting. The committee meets monthly, just before the full council’s regular meeting. Be sure to check the calendar to confirm time and location. For more information, contact ADS planner Gigi Meinig (206-684-0652 or email@example.com).
- Join the Mayor’s Council on African American Elders (MCAAE), a 12-member council appointed to serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, City Council, and the Seattle Human Services Department in matters affecting older African Americans.
The Heart of Our Community: A Digital Story is a short video about the history of the African American Elders Program, produced by Karen Winston, Aging and Disability Services, 2012.
- Participate in other regional coalitions and advocacy organizations. See a partial list on our Join Us webpage.
Senior Lobby Conference
The Washington State Senior Citizens’ Lobby coordinates an annual conference in Tacoma each October, which provides Advisory Council members and other Aging Network advocates an opportunity to learn about issues that deserve attention during the next legislative session. Pre-registration and payment is required. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Lobby Day
The Washington State Senior Lobby schedules an annual statewide event that provides an oportunity for Advisory Council members from each of Washington State’s Area Agencies on Aging and other advocates to meet with legislators. Read more about Senior Lobby Day in “A Day in the Life of a Senior Advocate” (AgeWise King County, March 2016).
- Legislative Priorities – ADS Advisory Council priorities for the most recent state legislative session
- 2015 Senior Lobby Day materials
Legislative Candidate Forums
In partnership with W4A, AARP and other local advocacy organizations, the ADS Advisory Council convenes biennial forums that focus on federal and state issues important to older adults and people with disabilities.
- Planning for the 2016 Age Wave Forums is now underway. For more information, contact ADS planner Gigi Meinig (206-684-0652 or email@example.com).
- 2014 Age Wave Forums held in east and south King County featured candidates for the Washington State Legislature. Age Wave presentation
Advocacy Links and Tips
- Area Trends: Information on population and demographics trends related to older adults and people with disabilties.
- N4A Policy Positions: Annual policy priorities from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
- W4A Legislative Agenda – Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging
- They Represent You – Directory of elected officials published by the League of Women Voters.
- Pictorial Guide to the Washington State Legislature – includes biographies and photos for Washington State’s elected officials.
- Tips for Effective Advocacy by Joanne Brekke-Selk, a former ADS Advisory Council member and former member of the Washington State House of Representatives.