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.

BIPOC Disabled History: Roland Johnson

October 15, 2020

As we continue to celebrate Disability History Month it is also important that we continue to highlight the BIPOC activists who we tend to forget. This week we will be talking about Roland Johnson, one of the most prominent figures in the fight to end of institutions in America. At age 12 Johnson was sent

Black Disabled History

October 13, 2020

Although there were many disabled people of color who impacted the Civil Rights and Disability Rights movements, the media tends to forget them. As a result, DD Ombuds will be highlighting various Disabled BIPOC people who have made our society better throughout various blog posts. Today’s post is dedicated to Brad Lomax, a disability advocate

It’s Time to Celebrate Disability History Month!

October 8, 2020

October is Disability History Month. This is a month-long celebration of the contributions and work that people with disabilities have done over the past 200 years for the disability rights movement. The main theme of observing disability history is how disability led advocacy groups have been a catalyst for change. Disability activism began in the

“Anyone can be an adventurer!”

October 6, 2020

Dungeons and Dragons is a game where adventurers can create their own characters to roleplay with. The game was popularized by the hit show, Stranger Things, where the main characters bond over playing the game. Dungeons and Dragons is especially popular in the disabled community because the game is accessible for all people. Here is

Recognize National Sexuality Education Month this September!

September 30, 2020

Many Special Education curriculums leave out sex education, despite the fact that a Sex Education is crucial for all people. A sex education can teach us a lot of things, such as safe sex, and how our bodies work. Here some Washingtonians with I/DD that are a part of the National Council on Independent Living

Self-Care Tips!

September 24, 2020

Self-care is especially important now. This is because quarantine is very lonely so we have to spend more time checking in on our own mental health.   Luckily, in the packet, “My COVID Plan” there are many great tips on how to prioritize yourself during this challenging time.   If you have to quarantine in your room

Are you registered to vote?

September 22, 2020

Voting is incredibly important. Not only is it our constitutional right, but it also allows us to make sure that we are being represented by people who will fight for what we value. However, a lack of voter turnout is a huge problem in America. For example, in 2016, nearly 40% of eligible voters did

National Preparedness Month!

September 15, 2020

National Preparedness Month September is the National Preparedness Month. It is important to be prepared for different types of disasters especially while COVID-19 is spreading. To be prepared, make a plan with your family, friends, and other people who support you. It is important to plan ahead because you never know when that plan will