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Amicus (“Friend of the Court”) Brief about Court Accommodations for People with Disabilities

February 16, 2018The Washington State Court of Appeals has accepted Disability Rights Washington’s amicus brief regarding the rights of people with disabilities to courtroom accommodations.

HB 2822 will lead to more harassment of people with legitimate service animals, not less

February 12, 2018Disability Rights Washington opposes HB 2822 because it punishes people with disabilities as a response to business owners’ misunderstandings and the lies of nondisabled people using fake service animals.

Welcome Rachel Miyazaki

January 22, 2018Rachel Miyazaki joined the Rooted in Rights team in December 2017 as their new Creative Production Assistant.

Let’s Strengthen Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries

January 15, 2018A bill (H.R. 4547) has been drafted to make sure representative payees handle beneficiary's money correctly. With the bill's passage, funds would allow us to meet with Social Security beneficiaries and review the financial records of payees. H.R. 4547 will bring much-needed reform to the representative payee program.

Call for Input: Sterilization orders are not supposed to be easy

December 1, 2017The forms are relatively short, requiring “yes” or “no” responses, with some short questions. This can transform what should be a very careful and deliberate process into a routine, easy matter.

Questions of Discrimination: WSBA can no longer discriminate against applicants with mental health disabilities after rule change

September 1, 2016Disability Rights Washington and many other individuals and organizations across Washington and the country think it is wrong to question a lawyer's "fitness" simply because she or he has a mental health disability.

Forced Medication Behind Bars

June 14, 2016When the AVID Jail Project first began regularly visiting King County Correctional Facility (KCCF) last year, we had no idea that the jail was forcibly medicating some inmates.