The Office of Developmental Ombuds focuses on improving the lives of persons with developmental disabilities in Washington State. In doing our work, we examine individual and systemic issues. Currently, all across the United States people are discussing systemic racism and police violence towards Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC for short) including BIPOC people with disabilities. The term systemic racism is used to talk about the systems in our community that create and maintain discrimination and inequality in nearly every area of life for people of color.
Below are resources that can help people with developmental disabilities learn about these issues.
George Floyd social story
“What is Police Violence? A plain language booklet about anti-Black racism, police violence, and what you can do to stop it”
Green Mountain Self-Advocates Speaks Out Against Police Brutality June 2020
Disability Rights Washington’s statement about Black Lives Matter
Rooted in Rights Black Lives Matter resource page