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  • We are people first, our disabilities are secondary!
  • We’ve been a strong and growing state wide self-advocacy organization since 1981 when we were officially incorporated and received our 501-c-3 status.
  • We are a professional organization with:
  • A board of directors composed of members with disabilities representing all areas of the state. They oversee the organization and it’s activities.
  • Yearly audits by a certified public accountant.
  • Liability insurance for property and volunteers, staff, and board.
  • Tax exempt status through the IRS.
  • Staff that are trained and experienced in educating, supporting, and working with all of our members and communities we serve.
  • We currently have over 30 active chapters around the state of Washington with a membership of over 1,000 individuals.
  • We are one of the top self-advocacy organizations in the United States.
  • We are active members of the national organization Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered.
  • We have various funding sources that support the work of our organization such as:
  • County contracts that assist the local groups with furthering their purpose and goals.
  • State contracts that support the overall work of People First and the various training that they do around the state.
  • Additional funding is from fund raisers and membership dues.
  • We have developed 2 nationally recognized curriculums Reaching My Own Greatness (self-determination focus) and Mixed Voices a training program on inclusion.
  • We also have numerous resources for training materials on self-advocacy, leadership, fund raising, etc.
  • We created a book called No More BS that has been shared around the world and is in the Supreme Court Library.
  • EDUCATE, ADVOCATE, CELEBRATE
 advocating change since 1977