Who Ya Gonna Call?

June 1, 2018

A man, living his own apartment, suffered a medical crisis when his staff didn’t follow necessary procedures. His mother, who is also his legal guardian, repeatedly complained to the provider and the state about the problems. The Department of Social and Health Services issued citations to the agency in charge of training and supervising his

DD Ombuds: Building Bridges to Information

May 16, 2018

The DD Ombuds supports people to get connected with information and resources that can help them become more independent and happy. For some people it is connecting them with the correct services. The DD Ombuds has connected people with their guardians in order get equipment and needed supplies. In cases like this people with developmental

BREAKING: “Diverting Crisis” Systemic Report

May 9, 2018

The Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds (DD Ombuds) released its first report today on systemic issues which affect the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their communities. This report identifies significant gaps in developmental disability services. Specifically, it details situations where adults with developmental disabilities lose their housing because there are no, or not

DD Ombuds featured in the Justice Lunchbox!

May 9, 2018

The Office of the Developmental Disability Ombuds’ very own Lisa Robbe presented at the Justice Lunchbox hosted by the Center for Justice at the Magic Lantern Theater in Spokane. There, Lisa spoke for the first time to a social justice centered group about the DD Ombuds. The Justice Lunchbox is held every 3rd Wednesday of

DD Ombuds Makes Big Debut at Tools 4 Success

April 13, 2018

The Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds spent March 27, 2018 at the Tools 4 Success Conference at Tacoma Community College. DD Ombuds staff educated and informed students, teachers and parents about rights in the workplace, self-advocacy, services the DD Ombuds provide and resources about people’s rights and who to contact if you feel your rights

The DDA is Creating New Training Videos

April 6, 2018

Recently the DD Ombuds expressed concerns with the videos that have been used in the 40-hour CORE training curriculum for new residential staff. The old videos not only portrayed staff and the people they support in a poor light, but also failed to convey lessons on how to interact with individuals with developmental disabilities in

SABE has chosen new fellows for 2018!

March 16, 2018

SABE, or Self Advocates Becoming Empowered is a national advocacy organization that strives to promote opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to live full lives. This year, SABE has selected a new group of self-advocate fellows to create projects that will benefit the field of advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities. Each fellow gets paid

The DD Ombuds Have Been Busy!

February 27, 2018

The Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds has participated in many outreach events across Washington over the last few months. Below are just a few of the events that the DD Ombuds have participated in! On January 16th, The Community Residential Services Association welcomed DD Ombuds staff to their winter meeting. Staff presented DD Ombuds

DD Ombuds go to the Community!

December 4, 2017

On Tuesday the 28th, the DD Ombuds saw a great turnout at the resource fair preceding the Pierce County Legislative Forum at Mt Tahoma High School. Tim McCue and Noah Seidel passed out information about the new Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds and made plenty of connections. If you missed them, the DD Ombuds

Laura Gholston finds Justice

December 1, 2017

A resident of Tacoma with developmental disabilities, Laura Gholston, was found to have been abused and neglected for 7 years, starting in 2004. At that time her nephew, LaMarcus Gholston, was appointed as her official caregiver, paid by the state. He was found to have kept Laura locked in a room with a filthy mattress