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.
March 22, 2023Disability Rights Washington (DRW) seeks a full-time (35 hours per week) Development & Office Coordinator to support the work of the Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds program and the Strategic Partnerships program in our Seattle office. Learn more now!
March 16, 2023DRW’s Legal Advocacy Team seeks a litigation attorney with a demonstrated interest in conducting impact litigation and other systemic advocacy to enforce the legal rights of individuals suffering from abuse, neglect, or other human and civil rights violations. This position will require a licensed attorney, or an individual who will soon become a licensed attorney, with the ability to conduct systemic investigations, develop complex advocacy strategies, and represent both classes and individuals. Learn more now.
February 9, 2023A new report from DRW and ACLU-WA investigates the use of isolation and restraint in schools across Washington state. Report findings show that restraint and isolation have no educational or therapeutic benefits but have profound disabling effects and result in lifelong harm. Read more here.
March 10, 2023We are seeking: An Executive Director who will provide strategic leadership, budgetary and staff oversight, and administrative direction to the overall operations of our organization. We are searching for an applicant who is a fierce disability advocate with lived experience who leads with compassion, justice, accessibility, and strategic foresight. Learn more here!
June 27, 2022Governments judge and control disabled bodies and minds daily. Following the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization which overturned Roe v. Wade, it is easier for the government to judge and control disabled people than it has been at any other time in the last 49 years. Read more here.
April 23, 2021While Disability Rights Washington celebrates the fact that Derek Chauvin is being held accountable for his murder of George Floyd, we cannot ignore that accountability here does nothing to address the many deaths of Black people by law enforcement that have occurred before and since this murder. This conviction, although an important and necessary example of accountability, is not a systemic solution to the violence and harm against BIPOC communities by law enforcement.