Emily Cooper reflects upon her transition to role of DRW investigator.
Closing arguments have been heard in Washington's education funding lawsuit; but advocates wait patiently to see what will happen with the State's 'paramount duty to fund education'.
An abuse and neglect inquiry at a Washington treatment center for young adults turns into a battle over DRW's federally-granted authority to investigate. DRW wins.
Obama's Hate Crimes Legislation, the first ever study of victimization of persons with disabilities, and an annual collaborative Washington conference have the same goal in mind: end discrimination and abuse, and promote the safety and welfare of people with disabilities.
Guest columnist recognizes state disability history law and the need to educate advocates of eugenics today. A formal apology from Washington State is requested for forced sterilization practices.
Legislative-directed study proposes consolidation and closure of State Residential Habilitation Centers, with stable community placement.
The news has gone from bad to worse with the Governor's proposed balanced budget, as it addresses Washington State's 2.6 billion dollar deficit. Read on for the numbers that are sure to shape the session.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds abuse and neglect of troubled youth leads to injury and death. Find out more about the report, and DRW's change to investigate abuse and neglect against people with disabilities.
The ACLU led efforts by a broad coalition of groups to pass HB 1517 of 2009, which automatically reinstates the right to vote for felons once they have completed their sentence. Previously, felons could get their right to vote back only after they had paid all of their fines and successfully completed a complicated reinstatement procedure. Representative Jeannie Darnielle worked tirelessly and effectively to obtain passage of this important bill.
Two years ago, the Washington State Legislature created an “Office of Public Guardianship” (OPG), and wisely included safeguards to ensure that Washington’s public guardianship program is a reform measure, rather than just a “guardianship mill”. To make sure that guardians hired by the OPG had adequate time to do a good job, the legislation limits all OPG guardians to a maximum of 20 clients. This prevents the problem that has occurred in other states, where public guardians sometimes have hundreds of clients who are subsequently not well-served.