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

Tips for staying healthy during flu season!

January 5, 2023

It is “Flu Season”. Below is information from the Department of Health with tips for how you can stay healthy!  Department of Health offers regular updates on flu activity in Washington. Don’t forget to get a flu vaccine this season. See www.vaccinefinder.org or call the Help Me Grow Washington hotline at 1-800-322-2588 (language assistance available) to find a

Remembering Lois Curtis

November 8, 2022

The DD Ombuds is sad to hear about the passing of Lois Curtis. Lois advocated for people with Intellectual and Developmental to live in the community and live the life they want. Her commitment to civil and disability rights has impacted many people. You can read more about Lois Here- https://www.aapd.com/press-releases/aapd-statement-on-the-passing-of-lois-curtis-lead-plaintiff-of-landmark-olmstead-decision/?fbclid=IwAR3EED3bzUPxK3Ao6z9UH7hNE3eh44U1I9MP5rr3F4IAUHESbNalhjCu9kw Below is an article

New Youth Hospital Report

September 12, 2022

On Monday, September 12th, we will be publishing a systemic advocacy report, I Want to Go Home.  The report’s purpose is to share the stories of youth and their families who have been affected by being stuck in the hospital or have been sent to out-of-state placements.  Since youth and their families know their needs

Self Advocacy Resources

September 2, 2022

Did you know? There are a lot of national advocacy groups, and they make lots of cool things. They give out information that can help people with developmental disabilities to become better self advocates. This is a short list of websites where you can find that information. People First of Washington is the largest self

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