Clipboard, level and measuring tape in hand, DRW recently visited counties' accessible polling sites, to see just how accessible they really are.
If you are a high-school aged student receiving transition services, or if you know or work with such a student, you can complete DRW's survey. DRW is collecting information to get a better sense of what transition services are like across Washington. All answers are confidential.
Kids MH lawsuit sees a victory as judge certifies that the plaintiffs represent a class, implicating systemic reform as litigation continues.
Each year at this time Disability Rights Washington (DRW) prepares to set its priorities for the coming year.
We talk to stakeholders at a range of meetings. We use an online survey to solicit ideas and comment on proposed priorities. We go to conferences, where people with disabilities and their families are assembled, to solicit their opinions. We ask our staff, who have been answering our phones, about issues they have been hearing. We consult with DRW advisory councils as to what they think would be the best use of our limited resources.
Disability scholar and advocate Paul Longmore passed away this summer, shortly after he announced his intent to author a college textbook on the history of the disability civil rights movement. The world lost a great historian but not without much tribute, NPR journalist Joseph Shapiro notes.
Investigative journalist Michael J. Berens released another in a series of Seattle Times' articles outlining abuse and neglect in adult family homes, as DRW continues to meet with the Department of Social and Health Services' Secretary Susan Dreyfus to address concerns. To read these articles, the response from Secretary Dreyfus, and for more information on DRW's work with the state to address abuse and neglect, see the following links.
The Washington Supreme Court will hear a case brought by Disability Rights Washington (DRW), weighing the legality of automatic Medicaid Personal Care reductions for children.
The Department of Social and Health Services has chartered a work-group and hired an independent consultant to tackle abuse and neglect response issues for seniors and adults with disabilities. DRW and other advocacy agencies, who comprise the group, will make state legislative and policy recommendations to assert alleged victims' rights.
County employment systems' needs assessments, oversight, accountability, due process, and access to providers are under scrutiny for those with developmental disabilities on state home and community-based service waivers. DRW and Columbia Legal Services (CLS) will continue monitoring and working with the Division of Developmental Disabilities to make improvements in these areas, with this court-approved settlement.