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

1-940 Update

March 21, 2018In just two days’ time, state representatives pushed I-940 (also known as “De-Escalate Washington”) and House Bill 3003 through the House with a bipartisan 73-25 vote and through the Senate in a 25-24 vote, split down party lines. Together, I-940 and the agreed upon policy in ESHB 3003 strengthen and clarify the measure so that implementation goes more smoothly and the legal standards for the “good faith” standard are more clear.

Please join us: Washington State Mental Health Reform Taskforce Meetings

March 2, 2018This series of stakeholder meetings, initiated by a new agreement in the A.B. v. D.S.H.S. (Trueblood) case, are being held around the state to solicit input from stakeholders like you on what should be under consideration to make lasting change.

New video: “Error 404: Accessibility Not Found”

March 1, 2018In the latest Rooted in Rights video, Maddie Bright discusses why internet accessibility is important to people with disabilities.

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.
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Now Hiring: Seeking Health Care Accesss Navigator

March 19, 2018DRW seeks a Health Care Access Navigator to serve youth and adults with autism, and their families, who are insured by Regence as well as other private and public insurers.

Now Hiring: Seeking Communications Specialist

March 16, 2018The Communications Specialist creates and disseminates content that effectively describes and promotes the work of DRW and uses electronic and print media, in-person training, outreach and coalition building to engage communities to participate in disability related advocacy and system change.
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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.