BY: USA GAMES CORRESPONDENT, MIKE GASTINEAU
Stacy Gillett is the Executive Director of The Arc of King County and as such oversees an organization dedicated to serving all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across their lifespan. It’s the latest stop in Gillett’s 30-year career in disability rights work.
After college, Gillett started her career with the Disability Law Center of Alaska. For eight years, she traveled the tundra of the Last Frontier to various cities, towns, and villages doing special education work and making sure kids got into school and were properly taught.
She then spent 20 years with Seattle’s Dussault Law Group as an advocate where she worked with families who felt their children weren’t being treated properly at school. She also worked with an attorney who created new special education statutes in Washington state.
Then, prior to joining the Arc of King County, she was the Director of the Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds for Washington Governor Jay Inslee. That office has the rather lofty mission statement of promoting equity in education by working with families and schools to remove barriers so that every student can fully participate in and benefit from public education in the state of Washington.
So, given her life’s work in the pursuit of better situations for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, it was easy for her friend, Kimberly Corrigan, to nominate her to be recognized by the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games' #ImAGameChanger campaign. It’s tough to accurately calculate the number of lives she has positively impacted so let’s just agree it’s a big number.