Disability Rights Washington
Washington's Protection and Advocacy System

Disability Rights Washington 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.

Program Updates

Now Hiring: Investigator

February 12, 2020Disability Rights Washington seeks an investigator in its Rights Investigation and Accountability program. The Rights Investigation and Accountability program investigates the extent to which individuals with disabilities retain their basic rights to make personal and financial decisions and how people in positions to assist them in exercising those rights respect, protect, and facilitate the individual’s expressed interests.

Apply now for 2020 Summer Diversity Grant For Law Students at Disability Rights Washington ($8000 for 10 weeks)!

December 20, 2019Are you interested in joining the movement to enforce the civil rights of people with disabilities who live in Washington State communities, prisons or jails, or treatment facilities?

Rooted in Rights & Mental Voices Africa Teach Advocacy Storytelling in Nairobi

December 3, 2019Rooted in Rights has partnered with Mental Voices Africa to promote international advocacy for those of us with mental health disabilities. This workshop trained these advocates to script, film, and edit their own self-advocacy stories on mobile phones.

Rooted in Rights Wins Three Community Awards for Authentic Advocacy

November 21, 2019This fall, Rooted in Rights received three awards in recognition for our groundbreaking storytelling on transportation and access. See what these community organizations are saying about our work!
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@DRW

Treatment Facilities Team Welcomes New Member

November 18, 2019The Treatment Facilities team is happy to welcome attorney Beth Leonard to our team!

About Us (DRW) – Video

November 12, 2019The following video describes Disability Rights Washington. It gives examples of what we do, where we started, and how we serve those with disabilities in Washington state.
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#SocialJusticeAllies

Apply to Work with the Peer Navigator Training Program

February 7, 2020We are excited to announce the hiring for a Community Coordinator to help launch a new initiative as part of the MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge for the Spokane regional justice system. The Safety & Justice Challenge is supporting Spokane area governments to safely reduce the jail population, increase community engagement, and reduce racial and ethnic disparities across the criminal justice system.

Tweet for Change

October 17, 2019The latest Trump administration attack on civil rights protections could allow landlords, lenders and insurance companies to discriminate without consequences. Tell @HUDgov we won’t allow this by making a comment here. #DefendCivilRights #FairHousingForAll
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Our History

History

Photo: Disability Rights Washington’s founding mothers were also the force behind the nation’s first state education for all law.

The Protection and Advocacy System

P&A agencies have the authority to provide legal representation and other advocacy services, under federal laws, to all people with disabilities.