Resources about Systemic Racism and Police Violence

May 3, 2021

The Office of Developmental Ombuds focuses on improving the lives of persons with developmental disabilities in Washington State. In doing our work, we examine individual and systemic issues.  Currently, all across the United States people are discussing systemic racism and police violence towards Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC for short) including BIPOC people

Spring Is Here!

April 28, 2021

Written by Kelly Cotter, Posted by Tim McCue Happy Spring! Spring officially began on March 20th. But now it finally feels like Spring in Washington. There are many good things to look forward to this spring. This includes: – People getting vaccinated! – Nicer Weather – Flowers blooming – Spending more time outdoors Try to

Adopt Don’t Shop!

April 23, 2021

Written by Kelly Cotter, Posted by Tim McCue April 30th is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. Shelter pets are animals that were abandoned and have no owners. They stay at animal shelters until they are adopted. Many shelters struggle because they have to accept all animals. This means that they might take in animals

April 23rd is National Day of Silence

April 19, 2021

Written by Kelly Cotter, Posted by Tim McCue. National Day of Silence is a demonstration led by students. It is acknowledged around the world. It advocates for LGBTQ students.   LGBTQ stands for:  L: Lesbian  G: Gay  B: Bisexual  T: Transgender  Q: Queer  On this day people agree to stay silent for the entire school day.

Stop Asian Hate.

April 13, 2021

Written by Kelly Cotter, Posted by Tim McCue. Over the past year there has been more Asian American Hate Crimes in America. This is because of two things: – some Americans believe that Asians are to blame for COVID-19. – the virus originated from China. Many people blame Asian Americans for the pandemic. People know

Dealing with stress during COVID

April 8, 2021

As of this March, we have spent an entire year of our life going on socially distanced walks, zoom calls and staying at home. These are large changes in the lives of most people and sometimes that can be tough to deal with. We have had the stresses of day to day life, too. Over

Women in Disability History

March 29, 2021

Happy Women’s History month. This month is a time where we celebrate all of the women who have worked to make the world a better place and defy female stereotypes.   The DD Ombuds is celebrating National Women’s History Month this year by highlighting 2 women in disability history.   Judy Heumann   As a

March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day

March 21, 2021

People with Down Syndrome have three instead of two chromosomes 21. As a result, World Down Syndrome say is on 3.21. This day was recognized by the United Nations in 2011 in the hopes that the day would bring awareness to people with down syndrome and advocate for their equality in day-to-day life. World Down

Change to Covid-19 Vaccine eligibility

March 19, 2021

People with a developmental disability, or an intellectual disability are now eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. The Department of Health has updated the eligibility requirements to included individuals with certain disabilities that put people at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness in current eligibility phase. This includes Individuals with Down syndrome, a developmental disability,

Pledge to Include Today

March 11, 2021

People with disabilities are often excluded from able bodied communities. That is why it is important for every person to pledge to include people with disabilities. Spread the Word Inclusion works to encourage others to stop saying insensitive words like the r word. Saying the r-word is very offensive but it is still commonly said