Emily Rogers: “People don’t think about how many choices they take for granted or that they’ve always had…. It’s the small things that make each individual have a life that they cherish and sometimes the small things are ignored. We don’t want anything especially unique to us. We just want what is out there to be fair and available to people with disabilities.”
After serving as the Chair of SAIL for four years, Emily now offers support to the organization through her role as Statewide Self-Advocacy Coordinator for The Arc of Washington State, where she is responsible for promoting and supporting legislative advocacy throughout the state. Before taking this position, she worked for The Arc of King County, offered leadership workshops in the Seattle area, and earned a Bachelors degree from Central Washington University. During her career in the field of developmental disabilities, she has encouraged people to go for their personal goals and strive to reach their dreams. She has been married to Michael, her best friend and life partner, for four years. They currently live in Olympia and are happily looking forward to buying a condominium.