Advocates sought for people with disabilities in Columbia County

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DAYTON — Washington’s Developmental Disabilities Council and Developmental Disabilities Administration has awarded Columbia County a grant to teach people to advocate for those living with a developmental disability.

Organizers are looking for volunteers to join the effort.

The one-year, nearly $17,000 award will train people to show parents and others how to approach government sources — school boards, city and county officials — within a community about issues that are important to disabled individuals and their families. Training takes place in six class sessions over the year, beginning in late September.

The year will also include an advocacy retreat in Olympia in October and a weekend retreat in Dayton. Class members will also choose a leadership project. Space is limited.

The grant money pays for expenses and child care, said organizer Sherri Huwe.

For more information call Huwe at 509-382-2528 or email srhuwe@hotmail.com.

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