Abuse can happen to anyone

November 27, 2018

  Sexual Abuse can happen to any person regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other personal trait. It is not the fault of the person who was abused. If you or somebody you know is experiencing abuse you can contact End Harm at 1-866-ENDHARM (1-866-363-4276) or online at https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/home-and-community-services/report-concerns-involving-vulnerable-adults The DD Ombuds

The DD Ombuds learn from Shirley Paceley and Linda Sandman

November 10, 2018

Recently the DD Ombuds had the opportunity to attend a class led by Shirley Paceley and Linda Sandman about trauma informed advocacy. What is “trauma informed advocacy”? Well, many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities will experience some form of trauma in their lives. This could be abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and it can come

Ombuds meet at National Consumer Voices Conference

October 26, 2018

Ombuds from across the country met at the National Consumer Voices Conference last week, where long-term care resident Penny Shaw told conference-goers she learned her unstoppable advocacy skills from the disability rights movement. Quoting former President Obama, she said, “We are the change we seek,” and encouraged everyone to speak up for the rights of

Some of us have been taught that we shouldn’t complain.

October 19, 2018

We may fear that speaking up will hurt someone’s feelings. The DD Ombuds works by your side to resolve complaints, and we keep what you share with us confidential. If you are afraid to complain, the DD Ombuds wants to hear from you. Fill out our online complaint form here: https://ddombuds.org/complaint-form/

Understanding Residential Options

October 12, 2018

When someone is looking for a place to live it is important to have all the details about your options in order to make an informed choice. In Washington State we have different options people can choose from when it comes to residential settings to receive support in. The options include: Supported Living Agencies, State

People First of Washington celebrates 40th Convention with the DD Ombuds

October 9, 2018

This year was People First’s 40th Convention since it was established in 1978. The convention was held in Olympia at the Hotel RL, and saw membership from across Washington attend. Members participated in a number of workshops, including a DD Ombuds presentation, “How to navigate Abuse and Neglect towards People with Disabilities”, and Sorretie Jaro’s

DD Ombuds meet Superintendent of Public Instruction

September 24, 2018

This historic Olympia building, now the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, was once Washington’s capitol and housed the State Legislature. The DD Ombuds and other DD Advocates met here recently with Assistant Superintendent Glenna Gallo. The DD Ombuds asked about reduction of restraint use for students in special education. The DD Ombuds also

You have rights!

September 24, 2018

When you have a problem with the services you are receiving from DDA, often the first person to call or email is your DDA Case Manager. They may not respond immediately, but you can expect them to call or email you back within a day or two. Keep speaking up about your problem until it

Access to the Community

September 13, 2018

People with developmental disabilities enjoy going out into the community and participating in activities just like everybody else. With the summer coming to an end we are going to highlight a few stories we heard from community members about how they used Community Guide and Engagement along with other DDA services to enjoy summer fun!

Left at the Hospital

August 24, 2018

“After I was admitted to the hospital, my service provider said they would no longer serve me. Now I have no place to live!” DD Ombuds receives complaints from hospitals around the state for situations such as this. It is a big problem, not just in Washington, but around the country. For more info, check