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

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

Explore the New DD Ombuds Website

October 31, 2017

The new website for the Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds is now live! The website features several useful pages where visitors can view the Ombuds’ current work, find information about the Office of the DD Ombuds, and soon, submit complaints and volunteer applications. The DD Ombuds are always looking for feedback from the community!

Visit Page for DD Rights and Resources

October 31, 2017

Since the DD Community can never have enough helpful resources, the DD Ombuds have launched their own resource page! The page contains links to several of the organizations that the Ombuds work alongside in the DD rights field. These organizations offer information and assistance with a wide range of disability-related issues and topics. Advocacy organizations

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