Washington State

Service and companion animals

Wednesday, September 16, 2015What types of animals can be service animals? Is it okay to approach and pet a service animal? Is my landlord required to accommodate my companion animal even if they have a no pets policy? If you've ever had questions like these, then this is the place for you! The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs partnered with Disability Rights Washington to produce two informative videos relating to service and companion animal law in Washington State.

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…

Too Little Too Late

Saturday, March 2, 2013The video for this lesson contains time sensitive information. Developments in the project discussed in the video which occurred after the release date are not covered in the video or this curriculum. See “Follow-Up Assignments” for a way of addressing…

“Not-so-special treatment” in Seattle schools

Friday, November 9, 2012The Seattle Public Schools District’s overhaul of its special education services continues to regularly skirt federal law, spurring increased complaints and litigation from frustrated parents and their students, according to a new Seattle Times investigation. In 2007, a district-requested…

Settlement reached in Otto Zehm case

Wednesday, May 23, 2012The city of Spokane has tentatively agreed to pay $1.67 million to the estate of Otto Zehm, a man with mental disabilities who died in a highly publicized, unprovoked violent encounter with Spokane Police more than six years ago. On…

The Guardian features “Ashley’s treatment” stories

Sunday, March 18, 2012The London Guardian recently featured a series of stories regarding families who have carried out, or are in the process of carrying out, “Ashley’s Treatment,” a controversial medical procedure that limits the growth of children with severe disabilities. Ashley’s Treatment…

Facebook Roundup

Sunday, January 29, 2012Hello all! This week on Facebook Roundup are some links to some interesting pieces that discuss the intersection of disability in advertising, postsecondary education, and current research.  There will also be a Deaf Film Festival in Seattle March 30-April 1—the…

District Court ordered to hear ADA claims against WA budget cuts

Thursday, December 22, 2011The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued a preliminary injunction December 16 against cuts to Medicaid-funded personal-care services for 14 Washington State residents. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, which had earlier dismissed…

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