Complaint Line: 833–727–8900 Welcome to DD Ombuds!

 The Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds (DD Ombuds) is a private, independent office focused on improving the lives of persons with developmental disabilities in Washington State.

The team is comprised of staff experienced in serving the needs of people with developmental disabilities. The Ombuds have offices in Seattle, Spokane and Olympia.

Other activities:

  • Provide information
  • Investigate complaints
  • Monitor procedures
  • Review facilities and residences
  • Conduct investigations
  • Recommend changes
  • Write reports

Latest News

Community Advocacy Coalition Annual Notebook Meeting

November 15, 2023

You can join the Community Advocacy Coalition for the annual Notebook Meeting, where groups share issues of importance and legislative priorities for the 2024 state legislative session.  The “notebook” is a data and resource tool you can use to advocate for better services and support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.   The Community Advocacy

November 7th is the General Election!

November 2, 2023

The general election is less than a week away. You have probably received your ballot in the mail already around October 20th. State judicial offices, local offices, and local propositions may appear on your ballot depending upon what is happening in your community. Once you fill out your ballot, you can mail it back or

Disability History Month 2023

October 27, 2023

In 2008, the Washington State legislature declared October 1-31 as Disability History Month. This was done to increase awareness, respect, and acceptance of people with disabilities. October is also federally recognized as Disability Employment Awareness Month. Check out this link to see a timeline of disability rights enshrined at the Philadelphia’s City Hall Courtyard and

How you receive Services in the Community

September 27, 2023

Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) must be delivered in integrated settings. That means that people receiving DDA Waiver services can participate and enjoy their community! DDA recently created videos to help explain what this means: Overview Video: This video explains why and where the HCBS Settings Rules are in place. What to Expect Video:

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