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

Congratulations Reisha Abolofia

May 21, 2018Disability Rights Washington is pleased to announce that Reisha Abolofia will direct the new Rights Investigation and Accountability Program. Reisha will lead a team of one staff member from each of Disability Rights Washington’s three offices to ensure that individuals with disabilities have self-determination in personal and financial decisions.

DRW v. Inslee

May 2, 2018In April 2018, Disability Rights Washington and co-counsel Paukert and Troppmann filed a federal lawsuit to challenge the Department of Corrections’ practice of housing inmates with mental health needs in overly restrictive custodial settings at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. Disability Rights Washington is serving as the organizational plaintiff in this case, which is ongoing.

Independent Corrections Ombuds in Washington State created

April 9, 2018On March 27, 2018 AVID joined other stakeholders for the Governor’s signing of House Bill 1889, which creates an independent corrections ombuds office in Washington.

April 17th is The Rooted in Rights Storytellers Film Festival!

April 9, 2018Join us for an interactive discussion on creative media and disability rights with a panel of Rooted in Rights Storytellers! At the SIFF Cinema Uptown in Seattle, WA.
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Now Hiring: Attorney in Seattle

May 18, 2018The attorney will travel Western Washington to investigate whether people who assist Social Security Beneficiaries' fund management are complying with federal regulations designed to guard against financial exploitation and other forms of abuse and following the expressed wishes of the Social Security Beneficiaries about how to prioritize the spending of their benefits.

Now Hiring: Investigator in Spokane

May 18, 2018Disability Rights Washington seeks an investigator in its newly created 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.
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Seeking participants for a new research study on Health Care Access

February 16, 2018The Northwest ADA Center, located within the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington, is conducting a study on Health Care Access for people with disabilities.

Rooted in Rights Hosts Panel at Womxn Act on Seattle

January 21, 2018Rooted in Rights hosted the "Digital Storytelling: How Disabled Womxn Advocates Amplify their Activism" panel discussion on Sunday, January 21, 2018 during the Womxn Act on Seattle.
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Our History

Milestones Timeline

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.