Masks 101

August 6, 2020

Written by Kelly Cotter and Tim McCue Wearing a mask or face covering is really important! It is a covering for your mouth and nose made of cloth or other material that makes it less likely that you will get or spread COVID-19 to others. However, wearing a mask is not a practical or equitable

DD Ombuds Resumes Visits

August 3, 2020

In July 2020 the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds (DD Ombuds) began telephone visits to residents of Long Term Care facilities and clients of Certified Community Residential Service and Support. The DD Ombuds will begin outdoor visits in the near future as appropriate.   The DD Ombuds will not visit residents who have a confirmed or presumptive

Celebrate National Friendship Day on the 2nd of August

July 30, 2020

Every year on the first Sunday of August Americans are encouraged to reach out to their friends and even make new ones on National Friendship Day. https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-friendship-day-first-sunday-in-august/ Friendship is incredibly important for all of us! During childhood and adolescence friends teach people how to become better, more mature people. Friends also make people incredibly happy!

Healthy Relationships

July 16, 2020

The Community Summit was virtual this year. A social-sexual ecologist named Shanya Luther gave an online presentation about healthy relationships and healthy sexual development. She has 20 years of experience writing and speaking about this topic. Shanya supports everyone’s need to have meaningful relationships. Everybody has a right to safe, healthy, and fulfilling relationships. It

Local Advocate Ivanova Smith talks COVID-19 on KNKX

May 15, 2020

On a recent segment of Transmission, a show hosted on western Washington radio station KNKX, Ivanova Smith is interviewed about the recent impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the DD population. Ivanova is a strong self-advocate from the Pierce County area who advocates for the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Click here

My COVID-19 Plan

May 5, 2020

Informing Families in collaboration with The Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds has created a My Covid-19 Plan booklet in plain language. The booklet informs people about changes we are all facing because of Covid-19. The booklet can be used to understand what is happening around us, and what to do if you are sick or

Understanding the government stimulus money and Covid-19

April 21, 2020

The Covid-19 virus has changed the daily life of every resident in Washington State and around our world. People have been told to stay home and stay healthy. This has affected the economy and how people make and spend money. The United States Congress Passed a law called the CARES Act. This bill was passed

Oregon Coronavirus Video

March 23, 2020

Check out this video by the Office of Developmental Disability Services in Oregon for helpful tips and information about COVID-19, and how to protect yourself and others from the virus.

House and Senate Resolutions to honor the ADA!

March 6, 2020

On February 25th 2020, the Washington State House of Representatives and Senate passed resolutions honoring the 30th anniversary of the passing of the ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA was the first major piece of legislation that would ensure the rights of individuals with disabilities to have equal opportunities and access to participate

DD Ombuds Office makes a splash in Kitsap County

February 25, 2020

At the start of February, the DD Ombuds kicked things off with a table at the Kitsap County Developmental Disabilities Resource Fair on Saturday, February 1st. This yearly resource fair sees over 50 vendors and 150 attendees, it is a great resource for the DD community in Kitsap. Even though the resource fair was canceled