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

Final 2022 Legislative Newsletter

April 15, 2022Many of the bills of interest to disability advocates that passed this year were at least somewhat bi-partisan. In the “wrap-up” that follows, this newsletter will focus on the legislative accomplishments and additional funding that are important to disability advocates.

Legislative Agenda

January 7, 20222022 Legislative Agenda These issues have been identified by Disability Rights Washington (DRW) Programs and their constituents for focus during

Nothing About Us Without Us – HB 1802

December 22, 2021For as long as time, people with disabilities have been left out of conversations about our services, caregiving, education, rights,

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.
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