Advocating, Educating & Partnering for Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

The CEA 2017 legislative agenda focused on the unserved and under-served.

We asked the legislature to ensure funding for high school

special education students who are transitioning to adult services

by adding automatic increases to the budget, to guarantee funding

that the legislature has consistently allocated for over a decade.   

The legislature provided waiver funding for 600 additional high school

special education graduates in their budget!


We can leverage additional funds for this population by maximizing the

federal match for the Rehabilitation grant, which brings WA State

$3 federal funds for every $1 our state contributes.

The legislature fully funded the DVR match in the 2017 Budget! 


As 41st in the nation for funding of disability services, our state has

an opportunity to increase our investment in Medicaid waiver services to improve

the availability of day services to citizens living in their community,

to support their access to opportunities, including

    integrated employment at minimum wage or better.  

2013 Legislative Session

2014 Bills of Interest

SB 5958 School-to-Work for Students with Disabilities

Added 1,000 new Basic Plus Waivers

2016 Legislative Session

2015 Outstanding Legislators
Senator Joe Fain - 47th Legislative District
Senator Cyrus Habib - 48th Legislative District
Senator Andy Hill - 45th Legislative District
Senator Rosemary McAuliffe - 1st Legislative District
Senator Linda Evans Parlette - 12th Legislative District
Senator Tim Sheldon - 35th Legislative District
Representative Ross Hunter - 48th Legislative District
Representative Ruth Kagi - 32nd Legislative District
Representative Drew MacEwen - 35th Legislative District
Representative Chad Magendanz - 5th Legislative District
Representative Chris Reykdal - 22nd Legislative District
Representative Tana Senn - 41st Legislative District
Representative Sharon Tomiko-Santos - 37th Legislative District

2012 Legislative Session
2017 Legislative Priorities 
2014 Legislative Session

2013 Budget
Preservation of employment funds
Preservation of state only employment
Additional 734 waiver spots for special education graduates transitioning to employment

2013 Bills of Interest

Introduced SB 5330 - Improving student achievement and student outcomes (passed in 2014)

2015 Legislative Session

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CEA’s Outstanding Legislator Award honors the

Washington State Legislators who have made exceptional efforts

to support employment for people with disabilities

2012 Bills of Interest

SB 6384 Employment First 

2015 Bills of Interest

HB 1636 Disability Employment in State Agencies 
SB 5679 Transition Services for Special Education Students 

Division of Vocational RehabilitationRehab Grant State Match fully funded

Outstanding Legislators

2016 Outstanding Legislators
Senator Cyrus Habib  -  48th Legislative District
Senator Andy Hill  -  45th Legislative District

Senator Rosemary McAuliffe  -  1st Legislative District
Senator Linda Evans Parlette  -  12th Legislative District
Representative Ruth Kagi  -  32nd Legislative District
Representative Tana Senn  -  41st Legislative District

Representative Christine Kilduff  -  28th Legislative District 

Representative Noel Frame  - 36th Legislative District 


2016 Bills of Interest

HB 2323 State implementation of ABLE Act

HB 2394 Statewide expansion of Parent to Parent program

SB 6466 Removing obstacles for higher education for students with disabilities

2017 Outstanding Legislators


Employment First Champions
Senator Joe Fain - 47th Legislative District

Senator Karen Keiser - 33rd Legislative District
Representative Ruth Kagi  -  32nd Legislative District

Representative Christine Kilduff  -  28th Legislative District 
Representative Tana Senn  -  41st Legislative District


Budget Champions

Senator John Braun - 20th Legislative District
Senator Sharon Brown - 8th Legislative District
Senator Dino Rossi - 45th Legislative District
Representative Frank Chopp - 43rd Legislative District

Representative Timm Ormsby - 3rd Legislative District
Representative Bruce Chandler - 15th Legislative District

Representative Gina McCabe - 14th Legislative District