DisAbility Rights Washington

Inmates with mental illness tell their stories through the AVID Jail Project

Wednesday, August 19, 2015The AVID Jail Project of Disability Rights Washington works on behalf of inmates with mental illness in several local jails. As Washington’s protection and advocacy agency, Disability Rights Washington is in a unique position to bring recording equipment into jails to capture and share the experiences of people with disabilities.

Disability Vote

Wednesday, August 12, 2015Rooted in Rights new original video, Disability Vote, informs voters with disabilities of their rights, and encourages people with disabilities to vote. On this page you'll find links and resources for voters with disabilities, and state-specific voting information in the partnering states. It's time for people with disabilities to be fully included in the democratic process, and we need your help to disseminate the message. Please share this new video.

People with disabilities have a glass ceiling, too.

Thursday, July 9, 2015Rooted in Rights welcomes articles by guest authors to enhance understanding about the rights of people with disabilities. This piece about barriers to employment for people with disabilities is contributed by Shawn Murinko, former Washington State Human Rights Commissioner, located…

Disability Rights Washington receives national award for prison project

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Prison Project Receives Accolades
Disability Rights Washington received the “NDRN Advocacy Award,” at the annual conference of the National Disability Rights Network in Indianapolis this week. The award, for the prison project “Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities” (AVID), was …

The P&A network protects your rights | Rooted in Rights Explains

Wednesday, May 27, 2015There are a lot of ways to stand up for disability rights. But only protection and advocacy agencies (P&As) are federally mandated to protect the basic human rights of people with disabilities. Did you know there’s a P&A in all…

Are you Rooted in Rights?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015Regular readers on this site will notice a new look today. That’s because we’ve launched Rooted in Rights, a new online community for people with disabilities, and their friends, families and advocates. We believe that Disability Rights are Human Rights,…

We’re changing our name, but not our mission

Wednesday, May 6, 2015On May 12th, DisAbility Rights Galaxy is changing its name to Rooted in Rights, along with a new Facebook page and Instagram page, and a revamped YouTube Channel and Twitter Feed. In the weeks ahead, you will notice a new look on this site, but don’t worry, we are still going to bring you stories from across the Galaxy.

Portrait of the Whole Person: Biographies and Paintings, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015Bertschi School, in partnership with Disability Rights Washington, presents the 2015 Portrait of the Whole Person: Paintings and Biographies, to celebrate disability history and culture. Through the art show, we hope to heighten awareness of the disability rights movement and culture within the broader community.

Court orders state agency to reduce wait times to 7 days for competency evaluations, restoration services

Friday, April 10, 2015
Jail Delay is Unconstitutional
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a permanent injunction against the state of Washington on April 2 , mandating that the state provide competency and restoration services to pre-trial detainees within…

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