Self-Care Tips!

September 24, 2020

Self-care is especially important now. This is because quarantine is very lonely so we have to spend more time checking in on our own mental health.   Luckily, in the packet, “My COVID Plan” there are many great tips on how to prioritize yourself during this challenging time.   If you have to quarantine in your room

Are you registered to vote?

September 22, 2020

Voting is incredibly important. Not only is it our constitutional right, but it also allows us to make sure that we are being represented by people who will fight for what we value. However, a lack of voter turnout is a huge problem in America. For example, in 2016, nearly 40% of eligible voters did

National Preparedness Month!

September 15, 2020

National Preparedness Month September is the National Preparedness Month. It is important to be prepared for different types of disasters especially while COVID-19 is spreading. To be prepared, make a plan with your family, friends, and other people who support you. It is important to plan ahead because you never know when that plan will

Join the Washington State Government Candidates Forum!

September 2, 2020

“By making sure that people with disabilities are part of the conversation, we can ensure that changes made by the legislature are refl­ective of our needs and values.” In celebration of 30 year anniversary of the ADA, Disability Rights Washington and Rooted in Rights are hosting a virtual forum for candidates of certain positions within

Participate in the 2020 Census

August 27, 2020

The 2020 Census is a once-in-a-decade chance to inform the division of billions of dollars for critical public services such as hospitals, schools, roads, and emergency response teams. If the number of people with disabilities living in your community has increased, your community may be eligible to receive more public services. Census data is also

People First of Washington and Allies in Advocacy: Disability Advocacy Groups in Washington

August 17, 2020

August 17th is National Non-Profit day. This holiday celebrates the numerous organizations in America that are changing lives for the better! The DD Ombuds is celebrating National Non-profit day by highlighting two Advocacy Non-profits in Washington: People First of Washington and Allies in Advocacy What is People First of Washington? People First of Washington is

Virtual Advocacy Days

August 13, 2020

The Arc of Washington State held six virtual advocacy days to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting the developmental disability community and state services that people with Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities and their families use. The events were recorded and can be viewed on the Arc of Washington’s website: https://arcwa.org/advocacy/advocacy-days/ There will be two more virtual events

Masks 101

August 6, 2020

Written by Kelly Cotter and Tim McCue Wearing a mask or face covering is really important! It is a covering for your mouth and nose made of cloth or other material that makes it less likely that you will get or spread COVID-19 to others. However, wearing a mask is not a practical or equitable

DD Ombuds Resumes Visits

August 3, 2020

In July 2020 the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds (DD Ombuds) began telephone visits to residents of Long Term Care facilities and clients of Certified Community Residential Service and Support. The DD Ombuds will begin outdoor visits in the near future as appropriate.   The DD Ombuds will not visit residents who have a confirmed or presumptive

Celebrate National Friendship Day on the 2nd of August

July 30, 2020

Every year on the first Sunday of August Americans are encouraged to reach out to their friends and even make new ones on National Friendship Day. https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-friendship-day-first-sunday-in-august/ Friendship is incredibly important for all of us! During childhood and adolescence friends teach people how to become better, more mature people. Friends also make people incredibly happy!