Complaint Line: 833–727–8900 Welcome to DD Ombuds!

 The Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds (DD Ombuds) is a private, independent office focused on improving the lives of persons with developmental disabilities in Washington State.

The team is comprised of staff experienced in serving the needs of people with developmental disabilities. The Ombuds have offices in Seattle, Spokane and Olympia.

Other activities:

  • Provide information
  • Investigate complaints
  • Monitor procedures
  • Review facilities and residences
  • Conduct investigations
  • Recommend changes
  • Write reports

The mission of the DD Ombuds is to inform the Legislature’s work to ensure safe, quality DD services and improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities.


Man with Down syndrome types on keyboard in office


Latest News

SABE has chosen new fellows for 2018!

March 16, 2018

SABE, or Self Advocates Becoming Empowered is a national advocacy organization that strives to promote opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to live full lives. This year, SABE has selected a new group of self-advocate fellows to create projects that will benefit the field of advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities. Each fellow gets paid

The DD Ombuds Have Been Busy!

February 27, 2018

The Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds has participated in many outreach events across Washington over the last few months. Below are just a few of the events that the DD Ombuds have participated in! On January 16th, The Community Residential Services Association welcomed DD Ombuds staff to their winter meeting. Staff presented DD Ombuds

DD Ombuds go to the Community!

December 4, 2017

On Tuesday the 28th, the DD Ombuds saw a great turnout at the resource fair preceding the Pierce County Legislative Forum at Mt Tahoma High School. Tim McCue and Noah Seidel passed out information about the new Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds and made plenty of connections. If you missed them, the DD Ombuds

Laura Gholston finds Justice

December 1, 2017

A resident of Tacoma with developmental disabilities, Laura Gholston, was found to have been abused and neglected for 7 years, starting in 2004. At that time her nephew, LaMarcus Gholston, was appointed as her official caregiver, paid by the state. He was found to have kept Laura locked in a room with a filthy mattress

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