For Immediate Release:
SHUT THEM DOWN Launches
Self-Advocates with Developmental Disabilities Come Together
to Oppose Proposed Institution in Washington State
Jan 19, 2021 – For people with developmental or intellectual disabilities, living in an institution can have devastating effects. A new coalition called Shut Them Down has formed in response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget release, which has millions of dollars appropriated to build a new segregated institution for people with developmental disabilities in Washington state.
The coalition is made up of self-advocates from People First of Washington, Allies in Advocacy, Self Advocates in Leadership (SAIL) and others who stand for the rights of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Coalition members have developmental and intellectual disabilities themselves and some have lived in institutions.
Residents of Washington’s institutions have suffered harm and even death. Shut Them Down emphatically believes that individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities are better off living in the community.
Rather than build a new 120-bed nursing facility on the Fircrest campus in Shoreline, coalition members say the state should close its existing facilities. They say nursing facilities and hospitals should be used for temporary rehabilitation, not permanent housing for people with developmental disabilities.