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

Meeting the past and present SARTAC Fellows!

July 16, 2018

Last year in February, more than 20 self advocates from around the United States proposed projects to SARTAC (Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center, a program of SABE), and of those, 6 were chosen to receive 5,000 dollars to create their advocacy projects. Each fellow is collaborating with a host organization, such as a

This year at SABE: The Washington State DD Ombuds!

July 16, 2018

SABE, known as Self Advocates Being Empowered, is a national disability rights organization with members in all 50 states. Every other year, SABE hosts an annual convention for all of its members to attend. This year’s convention was in June, at the Sheraton Hotel convention center in Birmingham, Alabama. Tim McCue, Noah Seidel and Sorretie

Presenting about Abuse and Neglect

July 12, 2018

The Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds created a presentation to help people better understand issues of abuse and neglect in the disability community. The presentation covers why this is an important issue facing the disability community, shares information about the prevalence of abuse, neglect and sexual violence, why it happens in our community, and what

The DD Ombuds meets Open Doors!

June 28, 2018

DD Ombuds staff presented to Open Doors for Multicultural Families and collected information about the issues families are seeing among Washington’s most diverse communities. The DD Ombuds will continue to work with Open Doors to make sure Ombuds services are accessible and relevant to people with I/DD and their families. Do you have ideas about

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