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

Happy Disability Pride Month!

July 16, 2021

July is Disability Pride Month! Disability Pride Month was started after the Americans with Disabilities Act or the ADA was passed on July 26th 1990. Every July people with disabilities celebrate who they are! Disability pride events have taken place across the country over the years including parades, art events, moving screenings, and concerts. Disability

A Heat Wave is Coming to WA

June 27, 2021

Written by Kelly Cotter, Posted by Tim McCue  Happy summer everyone! If you love warm weather this weekend will be super exciting for you. This weekend there is going to be a heat wave. This means that temperatures can go as high as 110 degrees Fahrenheit.   On hot days a lot of people will be staying inside

No Way Out: An Introduction to the Community Protection Program

June 22, 2021

DD Ombuds issued a 20 page report: “No Way Out: an Introduction to the Community Protection Program (CPP). The report found that the CPP sweeps many young disabled people into highly restrictive settings. People in the CPP are deemed to pose a “risk” to others, and are often denied the ability to make their own

The legislative session is all wrapped up!

June 12, 2021

The 2021 legislative session has come to an end. This session was very different because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. People used Zoom to testify in hearings, and to engage with legislators remotely. The DD Ombuds and other advocates educated legislators by emailing, calling, and participating in virtual events. Below are a few bills that the

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