Happy Veterans Day!

November 10, 2020

Today it is Veterans day which celebrates all of the people who serve our country in the military. This is the day when we recognize the sacrifices our veterans have made! Soldiers risk much more than their lives as military service can lead to physical and mental disabilities including losing a limb, PTSD, a traumatic

Sorretie Jaro Features on Impact Magazine!

November 5, 2020

Sorretie is a great self-advocate from Spokane who has given many disability advocacy presentations and previously worked with the Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds as a fellow for the Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center(SARTAC). During her SARTAC Fellowship, Sorretie worked on a project where she hosted a video outlining the ways to

Happy NaNoWriMo!

November 4, 2020

For those of you who are not in the book community, November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). This means that every month many writers across the Nation challenge themselves to write an entire novel in just one month. For example, the famous book, Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell was written during this event. During NaNoWriMo

To Sum Up Disability History Month…

October 27, 2020

Disability History is a subject that is not taught enough. In fact, many go their entire life without understanding all the work people with disabilities put in to have the rights they have today. However, even in generic disability history lessons, Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) advocates are not talked about even though they

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