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

Rooted in Rights Wins Three Community Awards for Authentic Advocacy

November 21, 2019This fall, Rooted in Rights received three awards in recognition for our groundbreaking storytelling on transportation and access. See what these community organizations are saying about our work!

Treatment Facilities Team Welcomes New Member

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

AVID’s Trans in Prison Justice Project Provides Identity-Affirming Support

November 5, 2019This summer, DRW’s AVID Program and Trans in Prison Justice Project were proud to be selected as the host for the 2019 QLAW Sher Kung Summer Fellowship. We welcomed Tommy Statkiewicz to the team and he got to work right away on a big project – providing legal representation for 9 transgender clients to be able to access legal name changes while incarcerated.

AVID Program receives 2019 Paul H. Chapman Award

October 2, 2019Last weekend, AVID Program attorney Rachael Seevers traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to accept a 2019 Paul H. Chapman Award from the Foundation for Improvement of Justice.
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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.

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...
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#SocialJusticeAllies

Tweet for Change

October 17, 2019The latest Trump administration attack on civil rights protections could allow landlords, lenders and insurance companies to discriminate without consequences. Tell @HUDgov we won’t allow this by making a comment here. #DefendCivilRights #FairHousingForAll

Trans & Gender Diverse Identity Document Legal Clinic

September 9, 2019Trans Advocacy in Rural Places (TARP) in partnership with Gonzaga University's Center for Civil and Human Rights will host monthly transgender ID assistance clinics at Gonzaga Law School. Open to the public-no need to be a student to attend!
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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.