Disability Rights Washington staff and volunteers knew Nathan as the chair of DRW’s Disability Advisory Committee and a member of our Board of Directors. Nathan was widely recognized as the state leader in advocacy for self-directed in-home care. He believed that people who use in-home services should be in charge of directing their own care, including hiring, firing, training and supervising caregivers. Through many years of effective advocacy, Nathan ensured that policymakers consider and respond to the perspective of people with disabilities in designing and delivering in-home services.    

Nathan worked tirelessly in support of the right to live in one’s own home in the community. Over the years, Nathan developed subject matter expertise in issues related to homecare services, and he became a recognized leader and spokesperson. As a leader, Nathan encouraged and supported other people with disabilities in speaking up for their rights. He did this on the public stage, by supporting others in learning how to do legislative and regulatory advocacy.  

He also helped individual people with disabilities succeed in establishing homes in the community. Nathan did this through his business. Nathan received referrals from the state to assist people moving out of nursing homes, or homelessness, in finding homes in the community and securing the services they need to succeed. Both in his business and through his public advocacy, Nathan worked to support the rights of every person with a disability to live and participate in the community.

ID: Photo of Nathan wearing a red, blue, and white button up shirt. He is smiling and looking towards the camera. Behind him are green bushes.
Photo of Nathan Loose.

For his years of leadership and success, Nathan will receive the 2020 DRW Breaking Barriers Lifetime Achievement Advocacy Award.

Please follow this link to learn more about Nathan’s family, and also read about opportunities to honor Nathan in his passing.


A memorial service will be held on Lake Whatcom at 3940 Blue Canyon Road, Sedro Woolley WA at 1 PM on Saturday, August 1.

Memorials may be donations to Center for Independence or Disability Rights Washington. Donations to Center for Independence can be made online or checks can be mailed to 7801 Bridgeport Way N, Suite 200, Lakewood WA 98499. Donations to DRW can be made online or checks can be mailed to 315 5th Avenue S, Suite 850, Seattle WA 98104.

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