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.


Man with Down syndrome types on keyboard in office


Latest News

The ABLE Program, Now in Washington!

August 9, 2018

In 2014, the US Congress and President Barack Obama signed the Achieving Better Life Experience or ABLE act into law. The goal of the ABLE act is to allow individuals with disabilities, including developmental disabilities, to be more financially independent and have a more secure future. It does this by allowing them to set up

Ombuds Working Together

July 30, 2018

The DD Ombuds is not the only Ombuds program in Washington State. There is also the Long Term Care Ombuds; Education Ombuds; Behavioral Health Ombuds; Family and Children Ombuds; and Department of Corrections Ombuds. Sometimes, a person may benefit from working with multiple Ombuds programs in order to get an issue they are experiencing solved.

Meeting the past and present SARTAC Fellows!

July 16, 2018

Last year in February, more than 20 self advocates from around the United States proposed projects to SARTAC (Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center, a program of SABE), and of those, 6 were chosen to receive 5,000 dollars to create their advocacy projects. Each fellow is collaborating with a host organization, such as a

This year at SABE: The Washington State DD Ombuds!

July 16, 2018

SABE, known as Self Advocates Being Empowered, is a national disability rights organization with members in all 50 states. Every other year, SABE hosts an annual convention for all of its members to attend. This year’s convention was in June, at the Sheraton Hotel convention center in Birmingham, Alabama. Tim McCue, Noah Seidel and Sorretie

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