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An Exciting Opportunity for the Washington State Developmental Disability Employment Community!

The 2023-2024 Dan Thompson Employment Rallies are coming to Washington State! Please join us to celebrate, share the history of our movement, and work together to define a vision and create a plan to move Employment forward through 2030. Come Rally with us!

There will be six regional rallies culminating in a statewide gathering. All of the events will be led by people with developmental disabilities and include an online and in-person option for attendees. All event materials will be translated into Spanish and Russian.

CESP recertification CEs and DDA/DSHS Residential CEs have been pre-approved for these events and will be included on your certificate: 5.5 hours for the Regional Events, and 8.5 hours for the Statewide event. For school staff looking for Clock Hours, you will need to reach out to your local school district for approval prior to the event – let us know if you need assistance with this at [email protected].

View the regional rally agenda

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The Dan Thompson Employment Rallies are coming to Washington! Please join us to celebrate, share the history of our movement, and work together to define a vision and create a plan to move Employment forward through 2030. We want to hear your stories!

 If you are unable to attend in-person and would like to apply for a tech grant for virtual access, please apply for one of our Tech Grants! Priority will be given to those in underserved communities and no other access to technology.

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For assistance with registration, reach out to Anthony Contreras-Sanchez at [email protected].

Para obtener ayuda con el registro en español, comuníquese con Anthony Contreras-Sanchez en [email protected].

Rally Handouts & Materials

View Rally materials in English, Spanish (Español), Vietnamese (tiếng Việt), or Russian (Русский)

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Region 2:  Bellingham

February 20, 2024 (9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.)

Western Washington University: Viking Union Building

Multipurpose Room,

516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

Region 2:  Des Moines

February 22, 2024 (9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.)

Highline College, Mount Constance/Olympic Rooms

Building 8 Student Center

2400 S 240th St, Des Moines, WA 98198

Region 3:  Vancouver

March 19, 2024 (9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.)

Clark College, Gaiser Hall

1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663

Region 3: Tacoma

March 21, 2024 (9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.)

UW/YMCA, Room 303/304

1710 Market St, Tacoma, WA 98402

Statewide: Ellensburg

April 18 (9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.) and April 19, 2024 (9:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.)

Central Washington University, Student Union Building

1007 N Chestnut St, Ellensburg, WA 98926

Completed Rallies

Region 1: Spokane

October 17, 2023 (9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.)

Spokane Community College, The Lair

Building 6 Student Center

1810 N Greene St, Spokane, WA 99217

Region 1: Tri-Cities

October 19, 2023: (9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.)

Uptown Theater

1300 Jadwin Ave, Richland, WA 99354

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