Oregon Coronavirus Video

March 23, 2020

Check out this video by the Office of Developmental Disability Services in Oregon for helpful tips and information about COVID-19, and how to protect yourself and others from the virus.

House and Senate Resolutions to honor the ADA!

March 6, 2020

On February 25th 2020, the Washington State House of Representatives and Senate passed resolutions honoring the 30th anniversary of the passing of the ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA was the first major piece of legislation that would ensure the rights of individuals with disabilities to have equal opportunities and access to participate

DD Ombuds Office makes a splash in Kitsap County

February 25, 2020

At the start of February, the DD Ombuds kicked things off with a table at the Kitsap County Developmental Disabilities Resource Fair on Saturday, February 1st. This yearly resource fair sees over 50 vendors and 150 attendees, it is a great resource for the DD community in Kitsap. Even though the resource fair was canceled

Winter weather has hit Washington State!

January 16, 2020

Snow is falling across Washington. People with developmental disabilities and their families and providers should be prepared for extreme weather and other emergencies. Below are resources that can help people prepare for harsh conditions and stay safe. Checking the weather https://www.accuweather.com/ Emergency planning resources from DSHS: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/residential-care-services/resources-long-term-care-facilities-emergency-planning Winter weather resources for Washington state: https://takewinterbystorm.org/ Emergency/

2020 Legislative Notebook for Developmental Disabilities Supports and Services is now online

December 11, 2019

The 2020 Legislative Notebook for Developmental Disabilities Supports and Services that is provided by The Arc of Washington State is now available at https://arcwa.org/advocacy/public-policy/. The legislative notebook comes out yearly, and it is a collection of information about Washington State intellectual and developmental disability services, data, reports, and legislative one pagers from advocacy groups across

“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

Advocacy through video

September 26, 2019

Video advocacy is a way to tell your story and spread awareness about issues that face the developmental disability community. We partnered with the DO-IT Program and Rooted in Rights to teach high school students how to produce videos to talk about problems that people with disabilities experience. Below are three videos that the participants