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Announcing New Leadership (and New 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.

Welcome DRW’s New Public Policy Director, Darya Farivar!

November 5, 2020We are delighted to announce that Darya Farivar will be our new Public Policy Director, effective November 1! Many of you already know of Darya’s accomplishments as a key member of DRW’s Trueblood team. Two years ago, Darya helped secure passage of SB 5444 – the Trueblood bill – landmark legislation that is bringing reform to forensic mental health.

Please join us in wishing David Lord well in retirement.

November 2, 2020We wish David Lord well as he begins his retirement from full-time work at Disability Rights Washington. It is impossible to adequately express the gratitude we feel for the time we have been able to work alongside him every day.

DRW SAMHSA Public Forum

October 26, 2020On December 8, 2020 representatives from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) will virtually visit Disability Rights Washington, which has offices in Seattle, Olympia and Spokane.

DRW is seeking a Contract Legislative Consultant

October 8, 2020DRW is seeking a legislative consultant to help us maintain a positive presence in the legislature and help us further solidify our reputation as a reliable and trustworthy source of information. DRW supports several different constituent engagement groups, and the Legislative Consultant may be asked to engage with them.

2020 Paid Public Policy Fellowship

September 25, 2020Disability Rights Washington’s (DRW) public policy team is looking for two public policy fellows for the 2021 legislative session. Deadline to submit: September 30th at 5 PM.

Breaking Through the Wall

August 12, 2020In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this summer, Reisha Abolofia, Director of DRW's Rights Investigation & Accountability Program, shared her perspective on the vital protections of the ADA, as well as the work that still needs to be done.

We lost a disability rights champion this month, on June 9, with the passing of Nathan Loose.

June 23, 2020Disability Rights Washington staff and volunteers knew Nathan as the chair of DRW’s Disability Advisory Committee and a member of our Board of Directors. Nathan was widely recognized as the state leader in advocacy for self-directed in-home care.

RIAP Welcomes New Investigator, Colleen!

June 17, 2020The Rights Investigation & Accountability Program is happy to welcome Colleen Caffrey as our newest Investigator!

Treatment Facilities Team Welcomes New Member

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

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...

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).

Town Hall Events and Sponsorship Opportunities!

February 6, 2019Town Hall’s Civics series this spring features Disability Rights Washington. This series highlights everything from local policies to world politics. These events offer perspectives on a range of topics as diverse as Seattle itself—a bustling forum for activism, discovery, and thought-provoking discussion. Visit the sponsorship and event pages to learn more...