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

Nominations for the 2021 Breaking Barriers Award are now CLOSED

April 23, 2021DRW's Breaking Barriers Awards recognize that together we can build an inclusive community. Change requires that we all contribute our unique assets, positions, and skills. Each year since 2017, DRW presents these prestigious awards honoring community partners for breaking barriers to advance the rights of and improve the lives of people with disabilities in Washington State.

#MobilizeWA Storymap Earns Statewide Coverage

April 9, 2021Since launching in January, the #MobilizeWA Storymap project has earned media coverage across the state. Disability Mobility Initiative wants to raise awareness about how people without access to cars navigate to essential services in our communities. So far, we’ve interviewed more than 100 people across Washington from every legislative district and documented those stories on our #MobilizeWA transportation storymap.

DRW Statement on Senator’s Use of Derogatory Language

March 26, 2021In response to an occurrence that happened this Wednesday during a Senate Health and Long Term Care Executive Session, we have released a statement. The use of the “R” word by Senator Rivers at a public hearing was harmful, disheartening, contrary to the Senate Code of Conduct and should not be tolerated. Senator Rivers and the Senators who failed to call it out in the moment let an important constituency down.

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.
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Join DRW’s Development Committee: Make a difference, mobilize your community, and increase our impact.

February 25, 2021Do you want to advance disability rights? Are you a community connector? Looking for a way to work with others who are passionate about social justice? Eager to mobilize people toward a common goal?

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..."
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#SocialJusticeAllies

DRW Statement RE Derek Chauvin Verdict

April 23, 2021While Disability Rights Washington celebrates the fact that Derek Chauvin is being held accountable for his murder of George Floyd, we cannot ignore that accountability here does nothing to address the many deaths of Black people by law enforcement that have occurred before and since this murder. This conviction, although an important and necessary example of accountability, is not a systemic solution to the violence and harm against BIPOC communities by law enforcement.

In solidarity with AAPI communities in light of last week.

March 22, 2021Disability Rights Washington recognizes the impact of racial violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community historically and in light of recent events. Last week on March 16th, eight people were killed at three separate spas in North Georgia. Six of the people killed were Asian and all but one were women.
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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.