Group shot of entire Rooted in Righs team

Back row: Clark Matthews, Emily Ladau, Vilissa Thompson. Front Row from left: Peter Rand, Vanessa Link, Courtney Cole, Cuquis Robledo, Jordan Melograna

Rooted in Rights produces videos and social media campaigns exclusively on disability rights issues. Our team of filmmakers, writers, designers, and communicators includes the staff at our Seattle office and our extended network of digital Storytellers and bloggers who produce videos and write content from locations around the world.  Our social media sites and website are platforms for people with disabilities, disability rights advocates and their allies to learn, connect and organize for change. [/col] [/row]

Our Mission

To tell authentic, accessible stories that empower our community to advocate for disability rights.

Our Values

Human Rights

We are rooted in rights because we believe all people deserve equal rights, and our work is dedicated to the people, communities and causes that seek to guarantee those rights for everyone, everywhere.

Authentic storytelling

We believe storytelling is how audiences are educated and energized. In the spirit of “nothing about us without us,” the stories we tell must be authentic representations of the people and communities we serve.

Accessible creativity

We are dedicated to making content accessible and creative at the same time. All of our creative content is made with maximum accessibility in mind so that as many of our audience members as possible can engage with the content. Please report any issues you’ve experienced while accessing videos, blogs, website or social media networks, and send us suggestions for improvement by sending an email to [email protected]

Empowered advocacy

Our content supports efforts to defend and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and empowers our audience to create change through online and offline advocacy.    

Funding Information

Rooted in Rights is a project of Disability Rights Washington. Disability Rights Washington does NOT accept or respond to requests for services made on the Rooted in Rights or DRW websites, by e-mail, or by any of its social networking platforms. If you are a resident of Washington state and want to request services from DRW, you’ll find detailed information by visiting the requesting services page of the DRW website. If you are a resident of another state or a U.S. territory, you’ll be able to find information about your protection and advocacy entity by visiting the National Disability Rights Network website. The exception for requesting services is that we strongly encourage you to use the DRW website to request publications available from DRW. The following federal funding partners shared in the cost of producing this material: the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities AIDD (1601WAPADD); the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration SAMHSA (16SMP05397); and the Rehabilitation Services Administration RSA (H240A140048). These contents are the sole responsibility of Disability Rights Washington and do not necessarily represent the official views of SAMHSA, AIDD or RSA.