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

Understanding Residential Options

October 12, 2018

When someone is looking for a place to live it is important to have all the details about your options in order to make an informed choice. In Washington State we have different options people can choose from when it comes to residential settings to receive support in. The options include: Supported Living Agencies, State

People First of Washington celebrates 40th Convention with the DD Ombuds

October 9, 2018

This year was People First’s 40th Convention since it was established in 1978. The convention was held in Olympia at the Hotel RL, and saw membership from across Washington attend. Members participated in a number of workshops, including a DD Ombuds presentation, “How to navigate Abuse and Neglect towards People with Disabilities”, and Sorretie Jaro’s

DD Ombuds meet Superintendent of Public Instruction

September 24, 2018

This historic Olympia building, now the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, was once Washington’s capitol and housed the State Legislature. The DD Ombuds and other DD Advocates met here recently with Assistant Superintendent Glenna Gallo. The DD Ombuds asked about reduction of restraint use for students in special education. The DD Ombuds also

You have rights!

September 24, 2018

When you have a problem with the services you are receiving from DDA, often the first person to call or email is your DDA Case Manager. They may not respond immediately, but you can expect them to call or email you back within a day or two. Keep speaking up about your problem until it

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