Accessibility in Hiking

September 9, 2021

Written by Kelly Cotter, Posted by Tim McCue Hiking is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the great outdoors. Spending time outdoors is great for people’s mental health too. However, many people with disabilities are unable to experience hiking trails because they are inaccessible. Narrow and uneven walk ways are not accessible

COVID-19 Update

September 2, 2021

Written by Kelly Cotter, Posted by Tim McCue The Pfizer vaccine recently got FDA approved. If you have not been vaccinated already and you qualify, it is extremely important to get vaccinated. With Delta, an incredibly contagious variant of COVID-19 spreading around the country, it is important to stay safe. Recently, mask mandates were put

Disability Justice Principles Intro

August 19, 2021

What is disability justice? You may have heard of “Social Justice” or “Disability Rights”. Disability Justice is a lot like those. It asks us to be responsible for our actions and impacts on individuals who experience not only one kind of disability, but all kinds of disabilities. We should also consider our impact people who

Be More Accessible on Social Media

August 12, 2021

Written by Kelly Cotter, Posted by Tim McCue Social Media is a great way to stay connected with friends and family. However, to many people with and without disabilities, social media is not accessible. To make the internet a more inclusive place, here are some little things you can do to make your social media

Happy Paralympics!

August 5, 2021

Written by Kelly Cotter, Posted by Tim McCue  After a 5 year wait the Paralympic games are here! The Paralympics is a global event where people with disabilities from around the world compete in sports. The Paralympics give athletes with disabilities the opportunity to show off their skills to their world.  Because of COVID-19 the

Happy Disability Pride Month!

July 16, 2021

July is Disability Pride Month! Disability Pride Month was started after the Americans with Disabilities Act or the ADA was passed on July 26th 1990. Every July people with disabilities celebrate who they are! Disability pride events have taken place across the country over the years including parades, art events, moving screenings, and concerts. Disability

A Heat Wave is Coming to WA

June 27, 2021

Written by Kelly Cotter, Posted by Tim McCue  Happy summer everyone! If you love warm weather this weekend will be super exciting for you. This weekend there is going to be a heat wave. This means that temperatures can go as high as 110 degrees Fahrenheit.   On hot days a lot of people will be staying inside

No Way Out: An Introduction to the Community Protection Program

June 22, 2021

DD Ombuds issued a 20 page report: “No Way Out: an Introduction to the Community Protection Program (CPP). The report found that the CPP sweeps many young disabled people into highly restrictive settings. People in the CPP are deemed to pose a “risk” to others, and are often denied the ability to make their own

The legislative session is all wrapped up!

June 12, 2021

The 2021 legislative session has come to an end. This session was very different because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. People used Zoom to testify in hearings, and to engage with legislators remotely. The DD Ombuds and other advocates educated legislators by emailing, calling, and participating in virtual events. Below are a few bills that the

Remembering Juneteenth

June 1, 2021

Written by Kelly Cotter, Posted by Tim McCue Juneteenth is every year on June 19th. This is a very important day. This is the day that all slaves were freed in America. June 19th, 1865 is the day slavery ended in America. Juneteenth is also called Emancipation Day or Freedom Day. Emancipation is another way