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

Amicus (“Friend of the Court”) Brief about Court Accommodations for People with Disabilities

February 16, 2018The Washington State Court of Appeals has accepted Disability Rights Washington’s amicus brief regarding the rights of people with disabilities to courtroom accommodations.

HB 2822 will lead to more harassment of people with legitimate service animals, not less

February 12, 2018Disability Rights Washington opposes HB 2822 because it punishes people with disabilities as a response to business owners’ misunderstandings and the lies of nondisabled people using fake service animals.

Let’s Strengthen Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries

January 15, 2018A bill (H.R. 4547) has been drafted to make sure representative payees handle beneficiary's money correctly. With the bill's passage, funds would allow us to meet with Social Security beneficiaries and review the financial records of payees.

Call for Input: Sterilization orders are not supposed to be easy

December 1, 2017The forms are relatively short, requiring “yes” or “no” responses, with some short questions. This can transform what should be a very careful and deliberate process into a routine, easy matter.
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Now Hiring: Seeking Part-Time Office Assistant

February 12, 2018We would like to fill this position as soon as possible. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Submissions will be accepted until the position is filled. All applications received by February 26, 2018 will be considered.

Welcome Rachel Miyazaki

January 22, 2018Rachel Miyazaki joined the Rooted in Rights team in December 2017 as their new Creative Production Assistant.
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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.
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