About us

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 services to people with disabilities.

This video describes DRW and gives examples of what we do, where we started, and how we serve those with disabilities in Washington state.

Contact us for:

  • disability rights information;
  • technical assistance for disability issues;
  • general information about legal rights; 
  • strategies about how to become a stronger self-advocate;  
  • information sheets on a wide range of subjects to empower individuals with disabilities to better advocate for themselves; 
  • community education and training; and
  • legal services for disability rights violations.

We focus our legal resources on systemic 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;
  • adequately funded, appropriate supports and services; and
  • 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.

For information about DRW's non-profit status, view DRW's IRS Form 990. Go to GuideStar.org and view Disability Rights Washington's page. This information is also available in our office.  

DRW is a member organization of the National Disability Rights Network and serves as the designated Protection and Advocacy agency for Washington State. This video explains what the Protection and Advocacy System is:

A substantial portion of the DRW budget is federally funded.