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

“Real Work for Real Wages”: New Resources Explain Employment First

November 22, 2019

For National Disability Employment Awareness Month the Administration for Community Living (ACL) released information to help people understand Employment First policies. Employment First is the belief that every person with a disability has a right to work in the community if that is something they want to do. ACL has shared resources created to educate

DD Ombuds Advisory Committee met in Spokane

November 15, 2019

October was an exciting month for the DD Ombuds Office! To cap off the second full year of meetings, the DD Ombuds Advisory Committee met in Spokane, where almost all of the members were able to attend. At the meeting, they started work on the second DD Ombuds Report Card and were visited by local

Contact the DD Ombuds for Advocacy Trainings

October 29, 2019

The DD Ombuds offers a number of fully accessible presentations for communities and groups of individuals with disabilities. A few examples include: Information about the DD Ombuds Office. Speaking up and self-advocacy. Safety on the internet. Communicating with your legislator. Even games to make learning about advocacy a fun and engaging experience! If you would

Improving Services for Youth with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities in Foster Care

October 16, 2019

The DD Ombuds released our newest report titled “Improving Services for Youth with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities in Foster Care”. The report identifies gaps that youth with developmental disabilities experience in the foster care system. The report explores ideas for further exploration on how to improve the foster care system for people with developmental disabilities. The report

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