May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 10, 2023

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the 2023 theme is “More Than Enough.” The National Alliance on Mental Illness states this is an opportunity for all of us to come together and remember the inherent value we each hold — no matter our diagnosis, appearance, socioeconomic status, background or ability. We want every person out there

Remembering Judy Heumann

March 10, 2023

The Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds was sad to hear about the passing of Judy Heumann on March 4th, 2023. Judy was fundamental to the disability rights movement and the passing legislation including Section 504, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the UN Convention on the Rights

Legislative Session 2023

March 2, 2023

The 2023 Washington State Legislative Session started on January 9th, 2023. This session is currently scheduled to hold hearings virtually and in person at the state Capitol in Olympia. This might change during legislative session. This year is what is considered a long session where the Washington State budget is created for the next two

Tips for staying healthy during flu season!

January 5, 2023

It is “Flu Season”. Below is information from the Department of Health with tips for how you can stay healthy!  Department of Health offers regular updates on flu activity in Washington. Don’t forget to get a flu vaccine this season. See or call the Help Me Grow Washington hotline at 1-800-322-2588 (language assistance available) to find a

Remembering Lois Curtis

November 8, 2022

The DD Ombuds is sad to hear about the passing of Lois Curtis. Lois advocated for people with Intellectual and Developmental to live in the community and live the life they want. Her commitment to civil and disability rights has impacted many people. You can read more about Lois Here- Below is an article

New Youth Hospital Report

September 12, 2022

On Monday, September 12th, we will be publishing a systemic advocacy report, I Want to Go Home.  The report’s purpose is to share the stories of youth and their families who have been affected by being stuck in the hospital or have been sent to out-of-state placements.  Since youth and their families know their needs

Self Advocacy Resources

September 2, 2022

Did you know? There are a lot of national advocacy groups, and they make lots of cool things. They give out information that can help people with developmental disabilities to become better self advocates. This is a short list of websites where you can find that information. People First of Washington is the largest self

Dial 9-8-8 for the Mental Health Crises Line

August 10, 2022

Washington residents can now call 988 if they or a loved one need mental health support. 988 was created so people can call or text a hotline when they’re needing someone to talk during mental health crisis or are needing to talk to somebody about self-harm. When you call 988 you can talk to a

Heat Wave in Western Washington

July 28, 2022

Happy summer everyone! If you love warm weather this week is for you. This means that temperatures have been has high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit.   On hot days a lot of people will be staying inside or near the water. This weekend malls and beaches will be very busy. Be aware of this and

Kids and Teen books for Disability Pride Month

July 19, 2022

July Is disability pride month! Part of disability pride is sharing stories about people with disabilities and the amazing things that they can do. It is important that people with disabilities are in books and other media that kids and teens read and watch. Here is a list of nine books back have positive representation