Priorities by Program
Priorities by Program
Creating respectful and safe long-term care environments free of sexual violence.
The Alliance to End Sexual Violence helps create networks of providers, long-term care residents, individuals with disabilities, and anti-sexual assault, long-term care and disability advocates who have the ability to create long-term care environments that are respectful and safe. A primary focus is restoring trust in the system through authentic long-term care system reform and transformation infused with cultural and disability humility, empowered residents and champions at every level who act against sexual violence.
DRW priorities addressed by this program include: 1) Improving Sexual Assault Response in Long Term Care Facilities and 2) Quality, Available Advocacy.
Improving conditions, treatment, services, and reentry for inmates with disabilities.
AVID focuses on improving the conditions, treatment, services, and reentry for people with disabilities who are incarcerated in our state’s jails and prisons, as well as those who reside at the Special Commitment Center. AVID works to ensure that those who are reentering the community have their voices heard and their rights protected.
DRW priorities addressed by this program include: 1) Deaf and Hard of Hearing Accommodations in Jails, Prisons, and the Special Commitment Center; 2) Successful Transitions: Prisons and Jails to Community; 3) Prevent Inappropriate Segregation of Inmates; 4) Improving Conditions in Juvenile Detention Facilities, Jails, Prisons, and the Special Commitment Center; 5) Appropriate Medical Care for Inmates with Disabilities; 6) Quality, Available Advocacy; and 7) Decriminalization of Mental Illness.
Securing accommodations, support, and services needed for meaningful community living.
The Community Inclusion and Services Program advocates for the provision of accommodations, services, treatment, and technology necessary to support the choices of people with disabilities to safely and meaningfully participate as equal citizens in any social, economic, or political aspect of community life.
DRW priorities addressed by this program  include: 1) Captioning - movie theaters and other public event locations; 2) Hearing Loops - government and privately run places of public accommodation; 3) Right to Employment and Career Preparation; 4) Special Education Transition Planning; 5) Prevent Discriminatory Suspension & Expulsion of Students with Disabilities; 6) Abuse and Neglect Response and Effectiveness; 7) Health Care Assistive Technology Access; 8) Custodial Rights of Parents with Developmental Disabilities; 9) Supported Decision Making and Alternatives to Guardianship; 10) Voter Outreach and Education; 11) Subminimum Wage Law Enforcement; 12) Olmstead: Right to Live in Community Compliance; and 13) Prevent School Restraint and Seclusion.
Informing the Legislature’s work to ensure safe, quality DD services.
The Washington State legislature passed Senate Bill 6564 in 2016 out of concern for the health and well-being of people with developmental disabilities. The bill creates the Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds (DD Ombuds). The DD Ombuds program operates statewide to investigate, advocate, and report on services to people with developmental disabilities. The DD Ombuds focuses on resolving issues at the lowest level possible through individual complaint resolution. The program provides a range of services including monitoring, information on rights and responsibilities, informal advocacy, and recommendations for changes in policy and procedures. The DD Ombuds began in 2017. Priorities for the DD Ombuds are discussed at www.ddombuds.org.
Seeking positive change through public policy.
DRW’s public policy work includes research, analysis, community education and organizing, and education of policymakers.
Our public policy work relies on participation by people with disabilities. Policy reform processes are often difficult for members of the public to access or understand. DRW works with individuals with disabilities to meaningfully access, educate and influence policymakers on issues that matter to them. DRW listens carefully to people with disabilities, then supports them in making their voices heard to bring policy reform. This approach assures disability rights, protections, and perspectives are upheld in a manner consistent with the real, expressed interest of people with disabilities.
DRW provides policymakers with information about threats to the rights and interests of people with disabilities, and opportunities for positive change, and then assists with the tasks of writing and implementing policy reform. DRW’s education efforts with legislators, administrative agency staff, and the courts have brought meaningful systemic change for people with disabilities.
DRW forges links between policymakers and their constituents who have disabilities at all levels of government. This is done by working in coalition with both local and statewide advocacy groups, and working on policies that affect the rights of people whether in the state Legislature, city or county government, or in administrative departments and services.
DRW priorities addressed by this program include: 1) Prevention of and Diversion from Homelessness and Institutionalization; 2) Prevent School Restraint and Seclusion; and 3) Supported Decision Making and Alternatives to Guardianship. In addition, this program provides support to the other DRW programs in pursuit of some of their priorities. These include priorities affecting rights of people with disabilities in their communities, in facilities, and in jails and prisons.
DRW uses private funding for activity that is not allowed by our federal funding sources.
Telling authentic, accessible stories that empower our community to advocate for disability rights.
Rooted in Rights (RiR) produces videos and social media campaigns exclusively on disability rights issues. RiR’s team of filmmakers, writers, designers, and communicators produce videos and write content from locations around the world. Our social media sites and website are platforms for people with disabilities, disability rights advocates, and their allies to learn, connect, and organize for change.
RiR is dedicated to making content accessible and creative at the same time. All of our creative content is made with maximum accessibility in mind so that as many of our audience members as possible can engage with the content. Our content is intended to support efforts to defend and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and empowers our audience to create change through online and offline advocacy.
DRW priorities addressed by this program include: 1) Disability Awareness: Inclusive Communities; 2) Self-Advocacy Support; and 3) Supported Decision Making and Alternatives to Guardianship. In addition, the Rooted in Rights creative team provides support to the other programs in pursuit of some of their priorities.
Advocating for effective, humane, and therapeutic treatment in institutional settings.
The Treatment Facilities Program advocates for facilities that effectively deliver treatment in humane and therapeutic conditions, in the most integrated manner possible, with effective and timely discharge planning that is consistent with available community services. This program focuses on facilities that provide treatment to 16 or more individuals. This may include hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing facilities, Residential Habilitation Centers, enhanced services facilities, and immigration detention facilities.
DRW priorities addressed by this program include: 1) Abuse and Neglect Response and Effectiveness; 2) Improving Conditions in Residential Facilities; and 3) P&A Access Authority. 
1 Priorities that are being addressed primarily through a single, major systemic litigation case are not listed here when new cases under that priority are not being accepted. These priorities include: 1) Olmstead: Right to Live in Community Compliance; 2) Delays in Competency Evaluations and Restoration Services; and 3) Kids’ Community Mental Health.
2 The P&A Access Authority priority is also addressed by the Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities Program and the Community Inclusion and Services Program. The priority is address by all three of these programs on an as needed basis such as when an entity chooses to challenge it by denying access to DRW.