2019 Priorities

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Accommodations in Jails, Prisons, and the Special Commitment Center
  • Right to have full accessibility needs of participants met at public events, facilities, and in media
  • ADA Curb Cut Compliance
  • Access to Public Transit
  • Increase Access to Accessible Voting Centers, Technology, Registration, and Websites
  • Physical and Programmatic Accessibility in Prisons, Jails, and the Special Commitment Center
  • Medicaid Waiver Participant Rights
  • Successful Transitions: Prisons, Jails and Treatment Facilities to Community
  • Awareness of Disability Pride, Identity, History, and Inclusion
  • The Right to Fair Wages
  • Freedom from Discrimination in Employment and Career Preparation Services
  • Prevention of and Diversion from Homelessness and Institutionalization
  • Available and Affordable Housing Options for People with Disabilities
  • Accessible Digital Spaces
  • Prevent School Restraint and Seclusion
  • Prevent Discriminatory Suspension and Expulsion of Students with Disabilities[1]
  • Removal of Artificial Caps to Special Education Funding
  • Improving Effectiveness of Abuse and Neglect Response Systems
  • Improving Sexual Assault Response in Long Term Care Facilities
  • Improving Conditions in Residential Settings
  • Prevent Inappropriate Segregation of Inmates
  • Delays in Competency Evaluations and Restoration Services
  • Improving Conditions in Juvenile Detention Facilities, Jails, Prisons, and the Special Commitment Center
  • Improving Health Care, Gender Affirming Services, and Safety for Transgender People with Disabilities in Prisons, Jail, and the Special Commitment Center
  • Appropriate Medical and Mental Health[2] Care for Inmates with Disabilities
  • Kids’ Community Mental Health
  • Support Access, Rights, and Quality in Behavioral and Physical Health Integration
  • Improve Access to Services by Persons with Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Quality, Available Advocacy
  • Decriminalization of Disability
  • P&A Access Authority
  • Right to be a Parent
  • Eliminate Marriage Penalty for SSI Beneficiaries
  • Voter Outreach and Education
  • Self-Advocacy Support[3]
  • Supported Decision Making and Alternatives to Guardianship
  • Improve Access to Political Party Activities
  • Support Qualified Peer Programs
  • Reducing Mental Health Stigma
  • Ensuring Disabled People are the Decision-makers and Experts about their own lives

Factors for modifying the above:

  • Disability Rights Washington has capacity to complete the new intervention type for the proposed case or project.
  • Disability Rights Washington would have a unique role in the proposed case or project.
  • The issue presented by the case or project is an advocacy opportunity that Disability Rights Washington was not aware of during its priority setting process.

Modification to these priorities:

  • Additions or deletions to the priorities must be reviewed by the Joint Planning and Evaluation Committee (JPEC) and the appropriate advisory council(s) and approved by the Board of Directors.

[1] Focused on one school district.

[2] “and Medical Care” was deleted from this priority. We’ll refer Medical Care issues to Corrections Ombuds and address access to medical care systemically under other Priorities

[3] The issues of fair personal assistance services and availability and quality of TBI supports and services are addressed under the priority of Self-Advocacy Support and will be addressed through collaboration with the State Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council and Project PAS-Port for Change. Support for Allies in Advocacy is also covered by this priority.