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

DRW’s AVID Program Responds to KOMO’s “Seattle is Dying”

April 9, 2019Disability Rights Washington has appreciated previous efforts by KOMO to report thoughtfully and fairly about certain injustices faced by people with disabilities in our region. This is why we are deeply discouraged and perplexed by KOMO’s choice to produce and air its sensationalized, inaccurate, and exploitative special report about Seattle’s opioid and homelessness crises, “Seattle is Dying.”

DRW’s AVID Program and Yakima County Jail Reach Agreement to Reform Mental Health Services

January 11, 2019In December 2018, Disability Rights Washington’s AVID Program finalized a settlement agreement with Yakima County to improve the conditions for individuals with mental illness and other cognitive disabilities housed at Yakima County Jail. This settlement agreement was the product of about two years of collaboration and will be monitored by the AVID Program and a neutral expert to ensure the Yakima County Jail’s compliance with the terms of the agreement.

Treatment Facilities Team welcomes new member

December 20, 2018The Treatment Facilities Team is happy to welcome Elizabeth Jiménez to our team!

Parties receive final approval for settlement agreement to reform Washington’s forensic mental health system

December 20, 2018On December 11, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge Marsha J. Pechman approved a settlement agreement in the AB vs DSHS (Trueblood) class action lawsuit.
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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...

Coalition of Advocates Urging DDA to Reconsider Proposed Amendments to Medicaid Waivers

February 19, 2019DRW and a coalition of advocates are urging the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) to reconsider the proposed amendments to the
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Coalition of Advocates Urging DDA to Reconsider Proposed Amendments to Medicaid Waivers

February 19, 2019DRW and a coalition of advocates are urging the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) to reconsider the proposed amendments to the

DRW and Allies Speak Out Against Violent Incident Involving Spokane Public Schools School Resource Officer

February 13, 2019Update: Officer Audie has resigned from his position. Links to news coverage are at the bottom of the page. Disability
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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.