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

Winter weather has hit Washington State!

January 16, 2020

Snow is falling across Washington. People with developmental disabilities and their families and providers should be prepared for extreme weather and other emergencies. Below are resources that can help people prepare for harsh conditions and stay safe. Checking the weather https://www.accuweather.com/ Emergency planning resources from DSHS: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/residential-care-services/resources-long-term-care-facilities-emergency-planning Winter weather resources for Washington state: https://takewinterbystorm.org/ Emergency/

2020 Legislative Notebook for Developmental Disabilities Supports and Services is now online

December 11, 2019

The 2020 Legislative Notebook for Developmental Disabilities Supports and Services that is provided by The Arc of Washington State is now available at https://arcwa.org/advocacy/public-policy/. The legislative notebook comes out yearly, and it is a collection of information about Washington State intellectual and developmental disability services, data, reports, and legislative one pagers from advocacy groups across

“Real Work for Real Wages”: New Resources Explain Employment First

November 22, 2019

For National Disability Employment Awareness Month the Administration for Community Living (ACL) released information to help people understand Employment First policies. Employment First is the belief that every person with a disability has a right to work in the community if that is something they want to do. ACL has shared resources created to educate

DD Ombuds Advisory Committee met in Spokane

November 15, 2019

October was an exciting month for the DD Ombuds Office! To cap off the second full year of meetings, the DD Ombuds Advisory Committee met in Spokane, where almost all of the members were able to attend. At the meeting, they started work on the second DD Ombuds Report Card and were visited by local