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

Our Mission

Rooted in Rights uses the power of authentic, accessible stories to challenge stigma and redefine narratives around disability, mental health and chronic illness. As part of Disability Rights Washington, our Seattle-based team of disabled video producers, editors and digital organizers partner with both local coalitions and national advocacy campaigns to win concrete changes for our community.

Training Storytellers and Distributing Stories

We train disabled people new to video advocacy about how to use video storytelling to create change, through our storytellers program and through storytelling workshops. We also work with disabled writers to edit and publish their stories on our blog.

Sharing Expertise in Accessible Media, Digital Organizing and Advocacy Campaigns

We share our storytelling and digital organizing expertise with campaigns and coalitions that advocate for our community.


We build community among disability activists and storytellers through our social media, raising the profile of disabled storytellers who challenge stigmas and advocate for change.

Our Values

Authentic storytelling

In the spirit of “nothing about us without us,” we believe that disabled people should be the ones writing, producing, filming and editing our own stories.

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]

Creating Change

We believe in the power of partnering with other organizations and coalitions 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.