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

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

May 20, 2021

Written by Kelly Cotter, Posted my Tim McCue May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. During this month Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are recognized for everything they do for the community. DD Ombuds is celebrating by recognizing Alice Wong, an Asian American disability advocate. Alice Wong is best known for her project,

Learn American Sign Language!

May 12, 2021

Written by Kelly Cotter, Posted by Tim McCue American Sign Language or ASL is used a lot by people who have or know someone who has a hearing impairment. Over 250,000 people use American Sign Language. Understanding and using Sign Language means people with and without hearing impairments can have a conversation. This is important.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

May 4, 2021

Written by Kelly Cotter, Posted by Tim McCue Teacher Appreciation Week is from May 3rd to May 7th. During this week people celebrate teachers. Teachers work hard but do not earn a lot of money. Teachers spend a lot of time buying classroom materials and doing work outside of school. There are not enough teachers.

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