GCDE projects

We have general membership meetings three times a year. Between those meetings, established subcommittees meet to work on special projects that were recommended by each subcommittee and approved by the general membership.

Project-focused subcommittees

Governor’s Employer Awards Program
Recognizes and promotes the achievements of employers and individuals who have improved employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  

See the photos from the 2017 Governor's Employer Awards.

Community Outreach
Conducts outreach, information and advocacy events in communities throughout the state. The committee gathers information and then makes recommendations to elected officials, local service providers and leaders in the disability community.

The next public Town Hall Forum will be in Pullman.

  • When: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 26, 2018
  • Where: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 1190 S.E. Bishop Blvd., Pullman

The committee will discuss with residents of the Pullman and Colfax areas:

  • Accessible housing.
  • Services for families in need.
  • Jobs for people with disabilities.
  • Accessible transportation.
  • All other issues affecting people with disabilities, their families and their advocates.

The Community Outreach Subcommittee met in Anacortes, Washington in December.  Anacortes is located in Skagit County, ranked 21st among all Washington counties in terms of land sizeReview the meeting summary sent to meeting participants and local elected officials.  

For questions or to invite the Community Outreach Subcommittee to your community, contact Melinda Johnson at MSJohnson@esd.wa.gov.

Recruits and evaluates applicants, makes appointment recommendations to the Governor, and supports the development of the potential of the committee's members.  

Youth Leadership Forum

Provides a six-day residential leadership development program for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities.

Resources for students with disabilities:

For more information, please email the committee staff at gcde@esd.wa.gov.

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