Meeting the past and present SARTAC Fellows!

July 16, 2018

Last year in February, more than 20 self advocates from around the United States proposed projects to SARTAC (Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center, a program of SABE), and of those, 6 were chosen to receive 5,000 dollars to create their advocacy projects. Each fellow is collaborating with a host organization, such as a

This year at SABE: The Washington State DD Ombuds!

July 16, 2018

SABE, known as Self Advocates Being Empowered, is a national disability rights organization with members in all 50 states. Every other year, SABE hosts an annual convention for all of its members to attend. This year’s convention was in June, at the Sheraton Hotel convention center in Birmingham, Alabama. Tim McCue, Noah Seidel and Sorretie

Presenting about Abuse and Neglect

July 12, 2018

The Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds created a presentation to help people better understand issues of abuse and neglect in the disability community. The presentation covers why this is an important issue facing the disability community, shares information about the prevalence of abuse, neglect and sexual violence, why it happens in our community, and what

The DD Ombuds meets Open Doors!

June 28, 2018

DD Ombuds staff presented to Open Doors for Multicultural Families and collected information about the issues families are seeing among Washington’s most diverse communities. The DD Ombuds will continue to work with Open Doors to make sure Ombuds services are accessible and relevant to people with I/DD and their families. Do you have ideas about

DD Ombuds Attends 6th Annual Community Summit

June 21, 2018

Betty Schwieterman, Tim McCue, Lisa Robbe, and SARTAC Fellow Sorretie Jaro attended the Community Summit in Wenatchee June 12-14, 2018 along with 1000 registered participants. Highlights included sessions from Lydia Brown , Dave Hingsburger , and Ari Ne’eman DD Ombuds staff also presented a workshop to 40 participants on how the Office

Covering All of Washington State

June 15, 2018

The Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds strives to cover all of Washington State.  We have been outreaching to different communities to inform them about the services of the DD Ombuds and how we are here to help people with Developmental Disabilities. The DD Ombuds took part of a reverse job fair and resource fair for

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