Seeking positive change through public policy

Disability Rights Washington’s public policy work includes research, analysis, community education and organizing, and education of policymakers. Our public policy work relies on participation by people with disabilities. Disability Rights Washington works with individuals with disabilities to meaningfully access, educate and influence policymakers on issues that matter to them.

Disability Rights Washington forges links between policymakers and their constituents who have disabilities at all levels of government. This is done by working in coalition with both local and statewide advocacy groups, and working on policies that affect the rights of people whether in the state Legislature, city or county government, or in administrative departments and services.

Cross Disability Advocacy Network

The Cross Disability Advocacy Network (CDAN) serves to empower disabled advocates across the state of Washington to collaborate, strategize, and mobilize on Washington State legislation impacting individuals with disabilities. The CDAN works to support individuals with disabilities who advocate for themselves and peers with a ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ perspective. Members are dedicated to learning about legislative advocacy, engaging with legislation, following bills of interest, and leading their community at the state level. The CDAN seeks to provide a place for advocates to discuss legislation which matters to them.

If you are interested in learning more about this advocacy group, contact David Lord at or Darya Farivar at

Program Updates

Petition to Improve Accessibility and Maintain Remote Testimony in the State Legislature

September 15, 2021We are thrilled to share that 203 organizations and 1,020 individuals signed onto our petition! The petition was sent to Governor Jay Inslee, Representative Jinkins, Senator Billig, Representative Wilcox, and Senator Braun. With so many signatories, the petition is a powerful statement of constituent support for permanent remote access.

Subscribe to DRW’s Legislative Newsletter!

January 11, 2021DRW will provide a weekly update each Saturday morning during the 2021 Legislative Session. If you are interested in receiving this weekly newsletter, please subscribe to the newsletter. Click here to view the first newsletter sent out in 2021.

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.
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