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

I-940 De-Escalate Ready for the Campaign and Confident of a Win in November

August 31, 2018The State Supreme Court has ruled that I-940 must be placed on the November ballot. DRW and De-escalate Washington are ready to go to the ballot and win, and then keep working for reforms with our law enforcement partners! We're committed to saving lives. The first step to that is passing I-940.

Policy Goals for the New Access Paratransit Contract

August 28, 2018Disability Rights Washington (DRW), Washington ADAPT West, and the Transit Riders Union have co-released a new report regarding the poor quality of the paratransit services in King County for riders with disabilities who cannot use fixed route buses.

Parties in Trueblood Reach a Settlement Agreement

August 23, 2018The Parties in the A.B. by and through Trueblood v. DSHS have reached a settlement agreement which improves the competency evaluation and restoration services system, emphasizes arrest diversion, and increases community-based supports for people with mental illness.

DRW releases revised Patient Rights at State Hospitals booklet

June 13, 2018DRW's Treatment Facilities program has updated its publication, "Patient Rights at Western State Hospital and Eastern State Hospital." This booklet provides information about the rights of both civil patients and forensic patients who are at the adult psychiatric hospitals run by the State of Washington: Western State Hospital and Eastern State Hospital.
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Now Hiring: Seeking Communications & CRM Coordinator

July 27, 2018DRW seeks a Communications & CRM Coordinator who has demonstrated ability with digital media and use of CRM software necessary to provide for the communications and community organizing needs of a nonprofit engaged in disability rights related systemic advocacy.

Breaking Barriers – DRW’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser

July 24, 2018Don't miss Disability Rights Washington's 3rd Annual Fundraiser, Breaking Barriers on Saturday September 29, 2018. More information HERE!
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LGBTI People with Disability Experience Higher Rates of Discrimination

September 5, 2018This report out of Australia documents the effects of systemic discrimination on the health and well being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people with disability.

Education Department Delays Regulation that Helps Minority Students Access Special Education

June 29, 2018The Department of Education chose to delay a regulation intended to help prevent racial disproportionality in special education, which was widely supported by students, parents, school administrators, and the civil rights community. Read more.
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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.