Lawmakers ignore expert advice on how best to serve people with developmental disabilities

Posted by Pam Blanton on December 5, 2015

From King 5 News, Susannah Frame – Part 2 of a 3-part series

People living with developmental disabilities — conditions like autism and cerebral palsy — often rely on experts, including people employed by the state of Washington, to decide what care and services they need.

But when it comes to Washington’s legislature, the KING 5 investigators found our legislators routinely ignore the advice of experts hired to weigh in on the best approach to caring for hundreds of developmentally disabled people living in state-run institutions.

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