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

Subscribe to DRW’s Legislative Newsletter!

January 11, 2021DRW will provide a weekly update each Saturday morning during the 2021 Legislative Session. If you are interested in receiving this weekly newsletter, please subscribe to the newsletter. Click here to view the first newsletter sent out in 2021.

Letter RE 1/6/21 Attack at U.S. Capitol

January 7, 2021We strongly condemn the attack on democracy and the rule of law yesterday at the U.S. Capitol. As the designated Protection and Advocacy System for WA, we have a federal mandate to enforce and advance the rights of people with disabilities across WA, this includes the voting rights of people with disabilities.

Pitch Your Story to the Rooted in Rights Blog!

October 29, 2020 If you identify as a person with a disability, we want to give you a platform to tell your story. Help us fill gaps in dialogue around disability and challenge readers to think about disability in new ways. The Rooted in Rights Blog is home to compelling stories that shine a bright spotlight on disability rights issues in all areas of life

Lawsuit Filed RE: DSHS Accountability For Deadly Neglect at Rainier School

October 22, 2020Today, the family of JoHanna Pratt, Disability Rights Washington, and Carney Gillespie PLLP filed a suit in Pierce County Superior Court against the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) for neglect, claiming that DSHS wrongfully caused the death of JoHanna Pratt and violated state law against abuse of vulnerable adults.
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Now Hiring: Office Assistant (Full-time in Seattle office)

December 18, 2020DRW seeks an Office Assistant to provide support to DRW generally half of the time, and to our Office of Development Disabilities Ombuds (DD Ombuds) program the other half of the time. This position will be will be based in our Seattle office. There is the opportunity for some remote work due to COVID but due to mailing needs there in-person work needed immediately. We adhere to all COVID guidelines and have very limited staff in the office currently. Learn more here.

Now Hiring: Office Assistant (Part-time in Spokane office)

December 18, 2020Disability Rights Washington seeks an Office Assistant to provide full agency support. This position will be fully remote to start due to COVID and will be based in our Spokane office as practices return to normal when it is safe to do so in the future. Learn more here.
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Community Mental Health Days, Hosted by SKEWL

January 8, 2021The South King Emotional Wellness League (SKEWL) is hosting FREE 30 minute in-person sessions with mental health providers. Follow SKEWL on Facebook for details about upcoming event dates and locations. (SKEWL) was formed to address the emotional well-being of historically marginalized communities in South King County most impacted by Covid-19 and police violence..

Letter Sent Demanding Spokane County Sheriff Cancel “Killology” Training and Community Summit

June 25, 2020Sheriff Knezovich has organized a training and planned a “summit” in October for Spokane County deputies called, “Mindset Bootcamp,” by so-called “Killology researchers,” Dave Grossman and Dave Smith. Led by Deekon Jones, Carmen Pacheco Jones, and Angel Tomeo Sam, hundreds of individuals and 69 organizations signed onto a letter demanding the sheriff cancel both the public forum and the closed door training reserved exclusively for law enforcement.
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Our 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.