The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) must now provide a 'Bill of Rights' for victims, when it opens an investigation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation against an adult with a disability.
Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law April 20 a bill updating Washington State's Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Act of 2007.
Activist Joelle Brouner remembers the late Laura Hershey, and recounts the impact of Hershey's poetry at March's Independent Living Rally in Olympia.
In August 2009 there was a gathering of folks committed to the conversation of opportunity, choice and inclusive communities. It was a conversation around opportunity and life. The conversation moved towards finding a single activity or effort that would connect community as a whole to the realities of living life unobstructed from barriers, walls, political will and the matter of money.
Writer, poet, and disability activist Laura Hershey passed away last autumn, but her work continues to inspire the disability civil rights movement. A collection of Hershey's work will be released in June, and her poem, "You Get Proud by Practicing," was read recently on the capitol steps in Olympia.
Founder of the Autism Self Advocacy Network and a member the National Council on Disability, Ari Ne'eman talks openly about the tension between those who want a cure and those who want acceptance, and the unnecessary segregation of people with autism.
Parent groups who advocate for students with disabilities in local school districts are coming together to share strategies for improving Washington's special education program.
The Washington State Coalition for Mental Health Reporting and the Washington Community Mental Health Council are co-sponsoring a contest to find the best written or broadcast story about mental health.
Policymakers and disability advocates have followed legislative news closely this autumn, and some claim a carefully-constructed safety net, built thoughtfully over decades, has begun to unravel.
"These are scary days for us," said self-advocate Corinna Fale.
The state sent letters this week to Medicaid recipients, outlining programs to be eliminated on the first of the year.
Here is up-to-date information about the budget, the deficit, and cuts to programs that are important to people with disabilities.