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The Board for Developmental Disabilities is a 15-member citizen advisory board that provides oversight of community services for children with developmental delays, adults with developmental disabilities, and their families.

The board develops plans for developmental disability services, advises on funding priorities, and advocates for increases in funding and improvements in services. Board members include family advocates, self-advocates, professionals and interested citizens.

The board is recognized by RCW 71.A.14.020 andKing County Code 2.32.020.

 Interested in Joining?

If you are interested in joining the Board for Developmental Disabilities, please complete an application, get to know our Board Members, and review our Board Bylaws.

Meeting Schedule

The Board for Developmental Disabilities meetings are scheduled on the first Wednesday of the month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Meetings are held in various locations,wheelchair accessible, and bus service information is available on METRO Trip Planner or by calling Metro at 206-553-3000.

Board for Developmental Disabilities

Committees

Are you interested in working on issues or projects to positively impact individuals with developmental disabilities? Residents of King County including family and self-advocates, professionals and members of the provider community are encouraged to attend and participate in discussions at the Employment Committee, Legislative Committee and the King County Interagency Coordinating Council.

Employment Provider Meetings

These meetings are scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of odd months from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services located at 1700 E. Cherry Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Seattle. 

Staff Contacts: Susy Stremel

Legislative Committee 

The Committee meets throughout the summer to gain information and community perspective on issues of importance for the Legislative Session and plan the annual Legislative Forum.

2020 meeting dates will be posted in June!

Staff Contacts: Magan Cromar and Holly Woo

King County Interagency Coordinating Council

Birth-to-Three Services ​meets from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., on the 2nd Monday of odd months. The council does not meet in July and the November meeting is held on the first Monday. If you are interested in becoming a voting member with the King County Interagency Coordinating Council, please complete an application and review the KCICC Bylaws. Contact staff for location information. 

January 13, 2020 - Tukwila Community Center

March 9, 2020 - Tukwila Community Center

May 11, 2020 - The Swedish Club

July 13, 2020 - Tukwila Community Center

September 14, 2020 - Tukwila Community Center

November 9, 2020 - Tukwila Community Center

Staff Contacts: Liz Snow and Debi Donelan.

Volunteer Board

Deborah Anderson, Council District Eight, Term expires 9/30/2019

Ms. Anderson contributes her training, expertise, and life experiences for her passion of advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities so they can have a better quality life.

Joseph Phillips, Council District Eight, Term expires 9/30/2021

Mr. Phillips is a Special Educator who puts families first by advocating for funds necessary to ensure quality services are provided for persons with disabilities.

Leo Finnegan, Council District Nine, Term expires 9/30/2020

Mr. Finnegan has provided exceptional leadership to our board in the past as Chair and Vice Chair and he has returned to continue his efforts to help improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities. 

Jayson Todd Morris, Council District Four, Term expires 9/30/2020

Mr. Morris is a community activist working to break down barriers for people with disabilities so they can have full inclusion in their community.

Marla Veliz, Council District Two, Partial Term expires 9/30/2019

Ms. Veliz is a Special Educator who provides a personalized learning environment essential for special needs students to prepare them to be contributing members of society and life-long learners. 

Nancy Yee, Council District Two, Partial Term expires 9/30/2019

Ms. Yee is a self-advocate and a parent of a son with developmental delays. Nancy has a long-standing commitment to the developmental disabilities community and feels she can contribute to the board and the developmental disabilities community.

Theresa-Ann Clark, Council District Two, Partial Term expires 9/30/2021

Dr. Clark is a family physician advocating to solve the complexity of issues facing individuals affected by developmental disabilities. Her vision is to increase access to expertise in research, local asset mapping, and evidence-based solutions to complex problems and creating pathways for success to underserved populations.

Alice Fong, Council District Six, Partial Term expires 9/30/2021

Ms. Fong is a dedicated community leader committed to creating an inclusive society where the richness of diversity will create a thriving society. Alice is interested in learning about the developmental disabilities system in King County and how its services and supports can be utilized to create positive life changes that support and elevate people with developmental disabilities in their communities.

Application Deadline:

Board applications are currently being accepted. If you meet the requirements listed below, please complete an application.

Applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

Applicants must be interested in assisting individuals with developmental disabilities to access available services and integrate into and become full participants in their communities.

  • Applicants must live in King County
  • Applicants must not have a close relative already serving on the King County Board for Developmental Disabilities
  • Applicants must not be a King County employee or on the staff or board of any agency that contracts with the King County Developmental Disabilities Division (A list of contract agencies is attached to the application)
  • Applicants must be able to devote a minimum of ten hours a month to board activities, which includes attending monthly meetings of the full board and serving on at least one committee

Appointment Process:

Current members of the board will review all applications and interview potential candidates. They will forward recommended candidates to the Director of the Department of Community and Human Services. The Director will recommend applicants for appointment to the King County Executive. Recommended individuals are required to complete a financial disclosure form. The County Executive appoints members to the board, subject to the approval of the King County Council. Appointments are for terms of up to three years.

Board Roles:

  • Planning: Board members participate in developing and updating plans for developmental disability services that identify community needs and establish priorities for the allocation of available funds. The board encourages interested individuals and community organizations to participate in the planning process. Board members also participate in the planning and decision-making processes of other public organizations to ensure that the concerns of people with developmental disabilities and their families are articulated and addressed.
  • Funding: Board members review the Developmental Disabilities Division's annual budget and advise on funding priorities.
  • Advocacy: Each year, the board develops a legislative agenda, which is presented to the King County Executive and Washington State Legislators representing King County districts. Recommendations also take the form of letters of support or are conveyed directly through personal meetings with elected officials.

Board Responsibilities:

  • Learn about the needs and supports for people with developmental disabilities and their families
  • Attend and actively participate in board and committee meetings
  • Serve on a least one committee of the board, read all materials in advance of meetings, and be prepared to participate in discussions
  • Invite people with developmental disabilities, their families, and others to explore common concerns and to engage in respectful discussions when differences arise
  • Be attuned to the community for information that may be of value to the work of the division and communicate the information to the board and/or staff
  • Convey information about developmental disabilities to individuals and organizations in your own community

For additional information about the board, including membership contact: Jim Ott.

2020 Board and Committee Meeting Schedule

Board for Developmental Disabilities

Various locations
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
(Generally the 1st Wednesday of the month)

January 1 (Cancelled)
February 4 (Tuesday)
March 3 (Tuesday)
April 1
May 6
June 3
July (Cancelled)
August 5
September 2
October 7
November 4
December 2

King County Interagency Coordinating Council (KCICC) Meeting

Various locations
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
(Generally the 2nd Monday of odd months)

January 13 - Tukwila Community Center
March 9 - Tukwila Community Center
May 11 - The Swedish Club
July 13 - Tukwila Community Center
September 14 - Tukwila Community Center
November 9 - Tukwila Community Center

Employment Provider and Community Access Provider Meetings

DSHS/DDA, 2nd Floor
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
(Generally 4th Tuesday of odd months)

January 28
March 24
May 26
July 28
September 22
December 14

Contact Us

Phone: 206-263-9105

TTY Relay Service: 711

Fax: 206-205-1632