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

New Report: From Hospitals to Handcuffs

May 26, 2020In From Hospitals to Handcuffs, DRW found that hospital calls to police resulted in at least two patients per week being arrested, removed from treatment, and booked into jail. In most of these cases, there was no visible injury to a victim. These arrests lead to sick people stuck in jail for weeks or months, decompensating, with decreased access to needed health care. Many of the criminal cases are ultimately dismissed precisely because the person’s mental health is so compromised.

DRW and Advocates’ Send Gov. Inslee Letter RE Protecting Marginalized Students During COVID-19

May 21, 2020In a letter sent to Governor Inslee on May 18th, DRW and advocates’ raised concerns about the disparate impact and potential non-compensable harm to marginalized students during the COVID-19 school facility closures.

2020 Breaking Barriers Awards Nominations Closed

May 13, 2020Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations! Disability Rights Washington currently is soliciting nominations for the Breaking Barriers Awards. These prestigious awards honor a business, an elected official or public servant, and an advocate with a disability for breaking barriers to advance the rights of and improve the lives of people with disabilities in Washington State.

AVID Program Calls for Action to Stop the Spread of COVID19 in WA Prisons/Jails

April 22, 2020DRW urges the Governor to continue releasing people who are at risk of COVID-19, focusing on those most vulnerable to infection due to age and disability. These release decisions should be holistic, and not solely based on an individual’s prior offenses.
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Treatment Facilities Team Welcomes New Member

November 18, 2019The Treatment Facilities team is happy to welcome attorney Beth Leonard to our team!

About Us (DRW) – Video

November 12, 2019The following video describes Disability Rights Washington. It gives examples of what we do, where we started, and how we serve those with disabilities in Washington state.
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Want to become a judge? Attend events in Yakima and Spokane!

February 27, 2020If you want to be a judge, there is still time to sign up for the judicial institute events in Yakima and Spokane next month.

Apply to Work with the Peer Navigator Training Program

February 7, 2020We are excited to announce the hiring for a Community Coordinator to help launch a new initiative as part of the MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge for the Spokane regional justice system. The Safety & Justice Challenge is supporting Spokane area governments to safely reduce the jail population, increase community engagement, and reduce racial and ethnic disparities across the criminal justice system.
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Our History

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.