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Causes: Civil Rights, Human Services, Mental Health

Mission: Disability rights washington's mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights.

Programs: Protection and advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities program (padd) numbers served: in 2016, drw's padd program provided advocacy services to 34 different groups with potential of impacting 245,750 individuals with development disabilities. The number receiving individual advocacy services was 222 and 1,387 received training from our padd program while 11,744 received information and referral services. 61 publications were revised or created and 88,332 visited our websites. Advocacy example: in july 2017, disability rights washington (drw), along with co-counsel filed a settlement agreement ("the agreement") with the city of seattle. The court approved the settlement after a fairness hearing held on november 1, 2017. The agreement lays out a plan for seattle to fulfill the promise of the ada by ensuring equal access to people with disabilities who live, work, or travel to seattle. Drw with co-counsel filed a class action on behalf of three named plaintiffs in 2015 alleging that the city of seattle ("city") violated federal and state disability access laws by allegedly failing to ensure that its pedestrian rights-of-way contain curb ramps that are necessary to make its pedestrian rights-of-way accessible to individuals with mobility disabilities and has continued to litigate this case since 2015 until reaching the agreement in 2017. The agreement requires the city of seattle to make widespread accessibility improvements by installing, repairing, and remediating deficient curb ramps, beginning july 1, 2017, and continuing for the next 18 years. For the first year ending december 31, 2017, the city will install 625 ramps.

protection and advocacy for individuals with mental illness program (paimi) numbers served: in 2016, drw's paimi program provided advocacy services to 78 different groups with potential of impacting 185,900 individuals with mental illness. The number receiving individual advocacy services was 601 and 1,576 received training from our paimi program at 42 events while 7,963 received information and referral services. Advocacy example: disability rights washington (drw) continues to monitor the department of corrections (doc) progress towards implementing changes to its segregation practices. These changes were outlined in a plan of corrective action issued in 2015 by doc after drw and doc jointly hired an expert to review doc's segregated settings. This year, doc has revised its restraint policy and places "know your rights" posters in restraint rooms so inmates can know their rights around restraint use. Doc has also changed the level system, making it faster for paimi eligible inmates to advance towards privileges while in segregation. All of these changes were identified as part of the expert review and are being monitored by drw. They affect approximately 300 inmates. Next fiscal year, drw will continue to monitor this progress closely.

protection and advocacy of individual rights program (pair) numbers served: in 2017, drw's pair program provided advocacy services to 15 different groups with potential of impacting 116,320 individuals with disabilities. The number receiving individual advocacy services was 544 and 832received training from our pair program while 28,297 received information and referral services. 62 publications were revised or created and 88,332 visited our websites. Advocacy example: disability rights washington (drw) filed amicus brief in the state court of appeals division one on behalf of a parent with a cognitive disability. The amicus brief supported the parent's appeal of the lower court's orders of dependency and disposition, arguing that the lower court and state child welfare agency had violated the parent's rights under the americans with disabilities act and section 504 of the rehabilitation act by removing his child and entering a dependency based solely on stereotypes about his disabilities. The court of appeals commissioner's ruling rejected the parent's argument and the parent moved to modify the commissioner's order with a court of appeals panel. This motion was denied and appellate counsel then moved for discretionary review by the washington state supreme court. In the interim, the child was returned to family. The child welfare agency withdrew the underlying dependency proceeding against the parent and argued that the parent's motion for discretionary review should be denied because it was now moot. The parent is now withdrawing the motion for discretionary review, as the child is home with family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a huge difference DRW has do for people with TBI's and their disabilities. I hope the continue to grow. Their services are always needed.

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