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

Latest News

Masks 101

August 6, 2020

Written by Kelly Cotter and Tim McCue Wearing a mask or face covering is really important! It is a covering for your mouth and nose made of cloth or other material that makes it less likely that you will get or spread COVID-19 to others. However, wearing a mask is not a practical or equitable

DD Ombuds Resumes Visits

August 3, 2020

In July 2020 the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds (DD Ombuds) began telephone visits to residents of Long Term Care facilities and clients of Certified Community Residential Service and Support. The DD Ombuds will begin outdoor visits in the near future as appropriate.   The DD Ombuds will not visit residents who have a confirmed or presumptive

Celebrate National Friendship Day on the 2nd of August

July 30, 2020

Every year on the first Sunday of August Americans are encouraged to reach out to their friends and even make new ones on National Friendship Day. https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-friendship-day-first-sunday-in-august/ Friendship is incredibly important for all of us! During childhood and adolescence friends teach people how to become better, more mature people. Friends also make people incredibly happy!

Healthy Relationships

July 16, 2020

The Community Summit was virtual this year. A social-sexual ecologist named Shanya Luther gave an online presentation about healthy relationships and healthy sexual development. She has 20 years of experience writing and speaking about this topic. Shanya supports everyone’s need to have meaningful relationships. Everybody has a right to safe, healthy, and fulfilling relationships. It

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