You have rights!

September 24, 2018

When you have a problem with the services you are receiving from DDA, often the first person to call or email is your DDA Case Manager. They may not respond immediately, but you can expect them to call or email you back within a day or two. Keep speaking up about your problem until it

Access to the Community

September 13, 2018

People with developmental disabilities enjoy going out into the community and participating in activities just like everybody else. With the summer coming to an end we are going to highlight a few stories we heard from community members about how they used Community Guide and Engagement along with other DDA services to enjoy summer fun!

Left at the Hospital

August 24, 2018

“After I was admitted to the hospital, my service provider said they would no longer serve me. Now I have no place to live!” DD Ombuds receives complaints from hospitals around the state for situations such as this. It is a big problem, not just in Washington, but around the country. For more info, check

The ABLE Program, Now in Washington!

August 9, 2018

In 2014, the US Congress and President Barack Obama signed the Achieving Better Life Experience or ABLE act into law. The goal of the ABLE act is to allow individuals with disabilities, including developmental disabilities, to be more financially independent and have a more secure future. It does this by allowing them to set up

Ombuds Working Together

July 30, 2018

The DD Ombuds is not the only Ombuds program in Washington State. There is also the Long Term Care Ombuds; Education Ombuds; Behavioral Health Ombuds; Family and Children Ombuds; and Department of Corrections Ombuds. Sometimes, a person may benefit from working with multiple Ombuds programs in order to get an issue they are experiencing solved.

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