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

WA Supreme Court admits attorney to the state bar, after previously being denied entry without explanation

July 15, 2019In May, DRW joined The Arc of the United States, The Arc of Washington, The Arc of King County, Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, and Disability Rights Oregon in filing an amicus brief in support of an attorney with autism who was twice denied entry by the state’s supreme court to the state bar without explanation.

Settlement Approved in Disability Rights Washington v. Sinclair

July 11, 2019In April 2018, Disability Rights Washington and co-counsel Paukert and Troppmann filed a federal lawsuit to challenge the Department of Corrections’ practice of housing inmates with mental health needs in overly restrictive custodial settings at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. Last week a settlement agreement was approved by the federal court in this case.

#WhyDescribe

July 8, 2019Rooted in Rights launched the #WhyDescribe campaign, releasing a series of videos promoting media accessibility. RiR will continue this work and more this summer, joining colleagues in the disability and organizing communities at Netroots Nation and NCIL’s Annual Conference on Independent Living, and implementing a new CRM and training to advance our infrastructure for digital organizing.

RiR Co-Hosts Candidate Forums, and Addresses Seattle Transportation and Accessibility Problems

June 20, 2019Rooted in Rights co-hosted Seattle City Council candidate forums in May of 2019, and also successfully centered disability in local streets and transportation reform in coalition with traditional transit and environmental organizations who have not previously included disability in their work.
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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...

Congratulations to DRW’s Todd Carlisle.

February 7, 2019Todd was a recipient of the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association’s 2018  Distinguished Service Award  for his work as a co-founder the Pierce County Chapter of Lawyers Helping Hungry Children (LHHC).
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#SocialJusticeAllies

City of Spokane Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing

May 31, 2019The City of Spokane is currently in the process of updating its 2014 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AI). Please take a few minutes to provide input on your experiences with any discrimination in accessing and maintaining housing in the City of Spokane.

GSBA Features DRW in Member Spotlight Blog on May 7, 2019.

May 7, 2019http://www.thegsba.org/about-us/blog/gsba-blog/2019/05/06/member-spotlight-disability-rights-washington
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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.