10 Tips for Getting Work Done at home!

November 24, 2020

It’s safe to say that trying to get work done at home can be difficult and distracting. That’s why we have compiled our recommendations to make working from home as enjoyable and productive as possible. 1. Create a schedule and stick to it!! It is especially helpful if you have a planner or use a

DD Ombuds Annual Report

November 20, 2020

Each year the DD Ombuds lets the legislature know about the concerns of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The Annual Report for state fiscal year 2020 includes details about the work of the DD Ombuds and specific recommendations to improve services and supports for the DD community. If you have a concern or

Authors with Disabilities show us how it’s done!

November 19, 2020

November is the best time to write and read books as it is National Novel Writing Month. If you want some recommendations from authors with disabilities, look no further! · The Pretty One by Keah Brown: This book is about Keah’s life understanding the harsh realities of being disabled and black in a white, able-bodied

State Developmental Disabilities 2021 budget proposals 

November 12, 2020

The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) released their 2021 decision package that contains their budget request and budget reductions. State agencies were asked to review their budgets and look for cuts that can take place. This is because of the economic impacts of the Corona Virus. Below are the proposals that DDA submitted in the Department

Happy Veterans Day!

November 10, 2020

Today it is Veterans day which celebrates all of the people who serve our country in the military. This is the day when we recognize the sacrifices our veterans have made! Soldiers risk much more than their lives as military service can lead to physical and mental disabilities including losing a limb, PTSD, a traumatic

Sorretie Jaro Features on Impact Magazine!

November 5, 2020

Sorretie is a great self-advocate from Spokane who has given many disability advocacy presentations and previously worked with the Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds as a fellow for the Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center(SARTAC). During her SARTAC Fellowship, Sorretie worked on a project where she hosted a video outlining the ways to

Happy NaNoWriMo!

November 4, 2020

For those of you who are not in the book community, November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). This means that every month many writers across the Nation challenge themselves to write an entire novel in just one month. For example, the famous book, Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell was written during this event. During NaNoWriMo

To Sum Up Disability History Month…

October 27, 2020

Disability History is a subject that is not taught enough. In fact, many go their entire life without understanding all the work people with disabilities put in to have the rights they have today. However, even in generic disability history lessons, Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) advocates are not talked about even though they

Vilissa Thompson

October 23, 2020

This week we will be highlighting Vilissa Thompson, one of the most influential Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) Disability Advocates today. In fact, she recently spoke at the Democratic National Convention, and worked with Senator Elizabeth Warren on creating the Disability Rights and Equality Policy Plan. Thompson is a social worker as well as

Lois Curtis and the Omstead Decision

October 21, 2020

This week, DD Ombuds is celebrating Lois Curtis, who was instrumental in getting the Olmstead Decision passed. The Olmstead Decision allowed for people with disabilities to be independent, in addition to ending the segregation between people with and without disabilities. To learn more about the Olmstead Decision watch this quick video from Disability Rights Washington.