Self-Determination

DRW updates
In 2011, legislation was passed that requires training for all non-professional or family guardians. Guardianships also now have expiration dates, to ensure timely and proper reporting.  In this Olympia Insider report, hosted by Sue Elliott of the Arc of Washington and Ed Holen of the Developmental...
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,...
According to a 2010 fact sheet from the Washington Department of Health:
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...
Because the foundation of political power is voting, improving the accessibility of voting should be an important goal for all disability advocates.
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:
Self-determination, put simply, is figuring out what one wants and going for it.
Self-Advocacy
Disability rights experts are tasked with assessing Washington's self-advocacy movement and making national recommendations during a May summit. Five states' advocacy teams will converge in Seattle to compile recommendations for the Administration of Developmental Disabilities and other DC-based...

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