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

AVID’s Trans in Prison Justice Project Provides Identity-Affirming Support

November 5, 2019This summer, DRW’s AVID Program and Trans in Prison Justice Project were proud to be selected as the host for the 2019 QLAW Sher Kung Summer Fellowship. We welcomed Tommy Statkiewicz to the team and he got to work right away on a big project – providing legal representation for 9 transgender clients to be able to access legal name changes while incarcerated.

AVID Program receives 2019 Paul H. Chapman Award

October 2, 2019Last weekend, AVID Program attorney Rachael Seevers traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to accept a 2019 Paul H. Chapman Award from the Foundation for Improvement of Justice.

DRW and Disability Advocacy Groups File Amicus Brief Opposing New Public Charge Rule

September 10, 2019“The public charge rule implies that people with disabilities, citizens and noncitizens, are unwelcome in the United States. Under the Final Rule, immigrants with disabilities will be assigned a heavily weighted negative factor, causing irreparable harm to the community of citizens and noncitizens with disabilities,” said Mark Stroh.

State and national organizations denounce efforts to exclude people with disabilities from WA communities

September 6, 2019A state legislator has requested a formal legal opinion from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office asking whether anti-discrimination laws would prevent state lawmakers from creating methods for local governments to prohibit people with mental health disabilities from living in their communities after receiving inpatient treatment.
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Advocacy Institute

April 17, 2019Attention High School students! The Institute is an intensive, week-long program this summer at DRW Spokane. It gives advocates an opportunity to further develop their advocacy skills. Learn more...

Congratulations to DRW’s Todd Carlisle.

February 7, 2019Todd was a recipient of the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association’s 2018  Distinguished Service Award  for his work as a co-founder the Pierce County Chapter of Lawyers Helping Hungry Children (LHHC).
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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

Trans & Gender Diverse Identity Document Legal Clinic

September 9, 2019Trans Advocacy in Rural Places (TARP) in partnership with Gonzaga University's Center for Civil and Human Rights will host monthly transgender ID assistance clinics at Gonzaga Law School. Open to the public-no need to be a student to attend!
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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.