What We Value


Disability Rights Washington’s 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.


Disability Rights Washington envisions a world where all people are treated with equality, dignity and respect for their expressed choices. We visualize a society that recognizes abilities rather than disabilities.

Definition of Advocacy

Advocacy is problem solving used to:

  • protect rights;
  • stop discrimination;
  • prevent abuse;
  • ensure fair,
  • equal and humane treatment;
  • improve services;
  • gain eligibility to services;
  • change the amount or quality of services;
  • make sure services meet the needs of an individual; and
  • remove barriers which prevent access to full participation in community life.

What We Value

We at Disability Rights Washington value:

  • taking direction from people with disabilities;
  • plain and straight-forward language;
  • diversity of cultures, education, disabilities and life experiences;
  • keeping our commitments;
  • partnerships with people with disabilities;
  • celebrating our victories and learning from our failures;
  • respect for co-workers and members of the community;
  • quick, effective responses to individuals and groups, with no duplication of services;
  • a “get things done” approach to meeting our goals; 
  • a responsible use of limited resources; and
  • the power of team work.

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.

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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].

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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.

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Email: [email protected]
Website: www.disabilityrightswa.org

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