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Disability Rights Washington has attorneys and law student interns who provide technical assistance to thousands of individuals with disabilities or their advocates at no cost.  Technical assistance services include:

We focus our legal resources on major cases which will improve service systems for people with disabilities.

Telephone

Disability Rights Washington’s phone answering hours are 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. We have an average of 4-8 phone appointments available with our attorneys and interns each week, and these usually book out a few weeks in advance. We receive dozens of calls a day and may not be available to take your call right away. Thank you for your patience.

Please be aware that if you call our office when we are closed, your message will not be returned.

Voice: (800) 562-2702 or (206) 324-1521
Language interpreters are available via LanguageLine Solutions.
Please use 711 for Washington Relay Service (TTY).

Collect calls from correctional facilities are accepted.

DRW Education Technical Assistance
Appointments on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 9 am – noon by Zoom
Call 206-324-1521, 1-800-562-2702 to schedule
Language interpreters via Language Line Solutions
Please call 711 for Washington Relay Service (TTY)

U.S. Postal Mail or Fax

You may send a written request to us via U.S. Postal mail or by fax:

Disability Rights Washington
315 5th Ave S, Ste 850
Seattle, WA 98104

Fax: (206) 957-0729

Email

Disability Rights Washington does not accept email requests for technical assistance services.

People sending email to Disability Rights Washington have a reasonable expectation of privacy.  However, Disability Rights Washington does not use encryption, and all email coming to Disability Rights Washington is routed through a third party internet service provider (ISP) before it reaches Disability Rights Washington.  Although it is unlikely that an ISP will intercept and review a message, it is a possibility, especially if a message is incorrectly addressed and “bounced back” to the sender.  Therefore, you may want to consider alternative methods of accessing our services if you are concerned about confidentiality.

If you need a communication accommodation please let us know so we may meet your individual needs.

Disability Rights Washington cannot provide direct assistance in the following situations:

Grievance Procedure

If you are denied, and/or not satisfied with services, you may view information about our Grievance Procedure and Form here [2].

Advocate in a Timely Manner

Please be aware that there are certain time limits or deadlines to file a complaint, a lawsuit, or take legal action.  In addition, there are administrative requirements regarding the filing of tort claims against government entities that should be considered.

For example, a claim against Washington State must be filed with the state of Washington and the relevant state agency at least 60 days prior to a lawsuit against the state for damages.  Local governments may have their own timeframe and requirements as well.  The extra time for filing the tort claim must be factored in when considering the statute of limitations.

If you fail to act within these timeframes, you may lose your right to do so.  Please check with a lawyer to find out the specific timeframes and requirements for filing these claims.

Other Resources

More information on case acceptance [3]

Complete list of Protection & Advocacy (P&A) Systems in each state & territory [4]

Washington State Bar Association: Find Legal Help [5]

DRW Poster to Display in a Long-Term Care Facility [6]