What is DRW?

Disability Rights Washington (DRW) is a private, non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide.

Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights. We provide free advocacy services to people with disabilities.

Contact us for:

  • Disability rights information and referrals
  • Problem solving strategies for disability issues
  • Community education and training
  • Legal services for disability discrimination or violation of rights.

We focus our legal resources on major cases which will improve service systems for people with disabilities. We exist because society and service systems are not always fair or responsive to people with disabilities. We work for change in policies, laws and systems that promote:

  • Freedom from abuse and neglect
  • Legal rights and responsibilities
  • Adequately funded supports and services
  • Communities that involve everyone

DRW is governed by a Board of Directors with help from our Advisory Councils. These groups are made up of people with disabilities, family members and others who have an interest in disability rights.

If you would like more information, please contact us.

The following federal funding partners shared in the cost of producing this material: the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, AIDD (1501WAPADD); the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA (15SMP05397); and the Rehabilitation Services Administration, RSA (H240A140048). These contents are the sole responsibility of Disability Rights Washington and do not necessarily represent the official views of AIDD, SAMHSA or RSA.

This information is current as of: 
02/2015
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This information is a service of Disability Rights Washington (DRW). It provides general information as a public service only, and is not legal advice. If you need legal advice, you should contact an attorney. You do not have an attorney-client relationship with DRW.  If you would like more information about this topic or would like to receive this information in an alternative format call DRW at (800) 562-2702, or email [email protected].


Always advocate in a timely manner. Please be aware that there are certain time limits or deadlines to file a complaint, a lawsuit, or take legal action.

DRW cannot guarantee that any individual or organization included in this material will represent or assist you. DRW also cannot guarantee the quality of this individual’s or organization’s representation.

Permission to reprint this publication is granted by the author, DRW, provided that the publication is distributed free of charge and with attribution. If you do disseminate any DRW document, please send us an email to [email protected] letting us know the nature of the audience and number of people with whom it was shared.

Disability Rights Washington
315 5th Avenue S, Suite 850
Seattle, WA 98104
Voice: (206) 324-1521 or (800) 562-2702
Fax: (206) 957-0729
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.disabilityrightswa.org

Interpreters available

DRW is a member of the National Disability Rights Network.
A substantial portion of the DRW budget is federally funded.