Almost 2,000 people over the age of 50 are locked up in Washington’s state prisons. Hundreds have served decades in prison and despite their low risk of recidivism, they have little to no hope of ever being released. Instead, these inmates continue to age behind bars, at enormous cost to them, their communities, and to taxpayers.
Disability Rights Washington is one of 150+ organizational members of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance. We joined to bring the perspective of people with disabilities to the work of the Alliance and to put our capacities to work on issues of homelessness and lack of affordable housing which impact people with disabilities at disproportionately high rates.
Members of the community-wide coalition also include the American Civil Liberties Union, Arc of Spokane, Spokane Juvenile Public Defenders, TeamChild, Northwest Justice Project, and National Association for Advancement of Colored People.
As a council member, Disability Rights Washington attends Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Partnership Advisory Council meetings, collaborates with council members on TBI issues and strategy, and conducts outreach at meetings and the annual state TBI conference.
Disability Rights Washington has for many years provided the staff support for PAS-Port for Change, a group of personal assistance users who advocate for improvements in personal assistance services. Disability Rights Washington supports self-directed care, responsive to the choices of the individual.
Disability Rights Washington acknowledges Allies in Advocacy as an equal I/DD network partner. Disability Rights Washington has facilitated document prep, developed grants, sought interns, and continues to deliver organizational development supports and resources so the Allies can continue to cultivate their own self-sufficiency and leadership on their terms.
Disability Rights Washington is proud to be a part of the the Leadership Team for De-Escalate Washington.
In 2017 Disability Rights Washington Disability Rights Washington joined with other stakeholders to create a Coalition for an Independent Corrections Ombuds, to push for legislation that would establish a corrections ombuds office in our state.