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

Solicitation for new and additional housing resources for Trueblood Class Members

February 8, 2021The Trueblood Court Monitor and the Trueblood Parties are soliciting letters of interest from providers who currently or recently have operated programs specifically targeted to Trueblood Class Members who wish to enhance the availability of housing for current or previous Class Members in their region.

Youth in Washington Foster Care Sue State for Policies that ‘Essentially Rendered them Homeless”

January 28, 2021According to the lawsuit filed on behalf of three named plaintiffs, hundreds of similarly situated foster children, and DRW, DCYF is shuttling children with behavioral health and developmental disabilities from hotels to state offices to other one-night stays, “essentially rendering them homeless for extended periods of time.”

“Shut Them Down”

January 20, 2021DRW has released “Shut Them Down:”* It’s time to close Washington’s Dangerous Residential Habilitation Centers, a report that calls out the continued failures of Washington’s Residential Habilitation Centers (RHCs) to fix major problems that have put people with developmental disabilities at risk for verbal, physical, and sexual abuse and neglect.

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.
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DRW End of Year Fundraiser

December 16, 2020“After my first meeting with DRW, Ethan and Darya asked if I would be interested in voting on an AVU that is accessible to someone with my disabilities. Not only can I vote, but I can vote with the same dignity and privacy that any other citizen would have. It is important for people with disabilities to have access to vote because your vote is your voice..."

Announcing New Leadership (and new upcoming workshops!) at Rooted in Rights

November 9, 2020Managing Director Rachel Miyazaki and Creative Co-Directors Allexa Laycock and Clark Matthews share years of experience promoting and producing accessible disability rights stories by and for disabled folks and allies at RiR, and we are thrilled to take on new roles as we launch into the future of Rooted in Rights.
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#SocialJusticeAllies

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

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.