Emerging Leader on Developmental Disabilities Award

ARC of King County Parent Coalition

Sen. Joe Fain has been recognized as an ‘Emerging Leader on Developmental Disabilities’ by The ARC of King County’s Parent Coalition for his work and support in the Legislature.

“I’m proud to be able to advocate for developmentally-disabled individuals that aspire to be involved in the community and have a strong desire to be employed,” said Fain in a press release.

During the 2012 session, Fain co-sponsored a bill that strengthens the state’s commitment to helping individuals with developmental disabilities find and retain jobs. The measure was signed into law by the governor and went into effect June 7.

The ARC of King County directly supports thousands of developmentally-disabled individuals and their families through outreach, advocacy and assistance programs.

The Parent Coalition, a program within The ARC that includes more than 1,000 parents, family members and guardians working together to advocate for important programs, presents annual awards to legislators who have been dedicated and successful working on behalf of the developmental-disability community.

“This award is well deserved as Fain has been dedicated and involved with the developmental-disability community for several years,” said Trish Borden, executive director of Trillium.“ Before taking office he spent time learning about the capabilities and aspirations of the young people with special needs in his district and made a commitment to working in the Legislature to promote employment as the best option for all young people.”

Trillium is an organization that works with both developmentally-disabled job-seekers and local businesses to match candidates with opportunities for their long-term professional success.