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The release of the DRW report, Too Little Too Late, stirred media and social network outlets, prompting a formal state response during Gov. Gregoire’s December budget press conference.  The November report highlighted state failure to respond to the abuse and neglect of individuals with...
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The news was announced on Monday, October 22, and we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Governor Gregoire won’t appeal MR v. Dreyfus. Disability and senior advocates across the nation and in Washington State stopped a serious threat to a fundamental right of people with disabilities. The Governor’s...
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Washington state was one of twelve recently awarded a four-year, $4 million grant to provide mental health and recovery support for kids with emotional disabilities.   The System of Care Expansion and Implementation Grant, managed by the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, is designed to...
Assistive technology (AT) is any device or equipment used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of persons with disabilities — assistive technology service is any service that helps in the selection, acquisition or use of an assistive technology device. Without needed AT and...
Parents with disabilities, no less than other parents, have a fundamental liberty to have and raise children. Frequently, low expectations and a limited understanding of effective parenting skills or training options influence the actions taken by child welfare workers and others involved in the...
Living at home in the community of your choice is a big part of the American Dream. For many older adults and people with disabilities, the only thing preventing them from fulfilling that dream is the need for assistance with one or more tasks such as bathing, dressing, eating, using the bathroom,...
As became clear in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, disaster response is unfortunately not adequate to meet the need. This became especially disturbing when many people with disabilities were abandoned in a nursing facility, left to their fate in the flood. Disaster preparedness for people with...
Every human being carries within the power of expression and choice. Supporting an individual's decision-making power builds autonomy and freedom. Choices may be simple, as in what to wear, or eat, or when to have the lights on. Choices may be substantial, as in how to vote, whether or not to leave...
Rooted in Rights (formerly DisAbility Rights Galaxy) is the video and social media project of DRW. Rooted in Rights provides disability rights content in a variety of ways: blog posts, videos, discussion boards, social media posts, etc. The content fosters conversations on multiple levels, from...
A Summary of National Research Studies compiled by DRW This document identifies and summarizes the results of research studies around the nation regarding the outcomes of deinstitutionalization for people with developmental disabilities. The summary is organized to respond to four questions:

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