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.


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Latest News

DD Ombuds Makes Big Debut at Tools 4 Success

April 13, 2018

The Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds spent March 27, 2018 at the Tools 4 Success Conference at Tacoma Community College. DD Ombuds staff educated and informed students, teachers and parents about rights in the workplace, self-advocacy, services the DD Ombuds provide and resources about people’s rights and who to contact if you feel your rights

The DDA is Creating New Training Videos

April 6, 2018

Recently the DD Ombuds expressed concerns with the videos that have been used in the 40-hour CORE training curriculum for new residential staff. The old videos not only portrayed staff and the people they support in a poor light, but also failed to convey lessons on how to interact with individuals with developmental disabilities in

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

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