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

Pitch Your Story to the Rooted in Rights Blog!

October 29, 2020 If you identify as a person with a disability, we want to give you a platform to tell your story. Help us fill gaps in dialogue around disability and challenge readers to think about disability in new ways. The Rooted in Rights Blog is home to compelling stories that shine a bright spotlight on disability rights issues in all areas of life

Lawsuit Filed RE: DSHS Accountability For Deadly Neglect at Rainier School

October 22, 2020Today, the family of JoHanna Pratt, Disability Rights Washington, and Carney Gillespie PLLP filed a suit in Pierce County Superior Court against the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) for neglect, claiming that DSHS wrongfully caused the death of JoHanna Pratt and violated state law against abuse of vulnerable adults.

Tell Governor Inslee to Stop Sending Kids to Out of State Facilities Owned by Sequel

October 13, 2020On October 9, 2020, DRW and 17 other advocacy organizations sent the below statement to Governor Inslee, regarding Washington’s continued relationship with Sequel Youth and Families, which owns Clarinda Academy. Seventeen advocacy organizations signed on with us to ask Governor Inslee to end all contracts with Sequel.

Pierce County Annex Begins Building Last Piece of Missing Sidewalk

October 8, 2020The Disability Mobility Initiative is celebrating as the City of Tacoma and Pierce County have begun construction on the last piece of missing sidewalk to the Pierce County Annex - Pierce County’s accessible voting center.
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Announcing New Leadership (and New Workshops!) at Rooted in Rights

November 9, 2020Managing Director Rachel Miyazaki and Creative Co-Directors Allexa Laycock and Clark Matthews share years of experience promoting and producing accessible disability rights stories by and for disabled folks and allies at RiR, and we are thrilled to take on new roles as we launch into the future of Rooted in Rights.

Welcome DRW’s New Public Policy Director, Darya Farivar!

November 5, 2020We are delighted to announce that Darya Farivar will be our new Public Policy Director, effective November 1! Many of you already know of Darya’s accomplishments as a key member of DRW’s Trueblood team. Two years ago, Darya helped secure passage of SB 5444 – the Trueblood bill – landmark legislation that is bringing reform to forensic mental health.
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#SocialJusticeAllies

Social Justice Partner Event Spotlight: NAACP Mental Health Day Event

September 3, 2020NAACP and Public Health Seattle King County are hosting a free Mental Health Day this Saturday, July 11th for communities impacted by COVID-19 and police violence. This is a resource for the Black community in King County to access services in person or online, either for mental health counseling or to find more information on available services.

Letter Sent Demanding Spokane County Sheriff Cancel “Killology” Training and Community Summit

June 25, 2020Sheriff Knezovich has organized a training and planned a “summit” in October for Spokane County deputies called, “Mindset Bootcamp,” by so-called “Killology researchers,” Dave Grossman and Dave Smith. Led by Deekon Jones, Carmen Pacheco Jones, and Angel Tomeo Sam, hundreds of individuals and 69 organizations signed onto a letter demanding the sheriff cancel both the public forum and the closed door training reserved exclusively for law enforcement.
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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.