Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)

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9/26/2023 Join us at a Dan Thompson Employment Rally 

Exciting news for the Washington State Developmental Disability Employment Community: Get ready for the 2023-2024 Dan Thompson Employment Rallies. We invite you to be a part of these special occasions where we'll celebrate our progress, share our history and collaborate on shaping the future of employment until 2030. We'd love for you to join us at these rallies!

There will be six rallies held in different regions, and they will all lead up to a big gathering for the whole state. What makes these rallies even more special is that they will be led by individuals with developmental disabilities. You can choose to attend either in-person or online – the choice is yours.

Let's come together to celebrate and make a positive impact on the future of employment for people with developmental disabilities in Washington state! The rallies are organized by Wise, and are sponsored by the Dan Thompson Memorial Developmental Disabilities Community Services Account. Self-advocates, representatives from DDA, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Washington counties are participating, and we hope you will too.

Click the following link to register and find the Dan Thompson Employment Rally dates in your area.  

09/01/2023 DSHS News Release: Disaster cash assistance available to eligible Washingtonians affected by recent eastern Washington wildfires

OLYMPIA — As of Aug. 31, eligible Washington residents affected by recent wildfires in eastern Washington can apply through the Department of Social and Health Services for emergency cash assistance to help meet their immediate needs. DSHS is now able to access funding through a new proclamation from Governor Inslee to activate this temporary program that can help certain residents of Pend Oreille, Spokane and Whitman counties through this time of disaster recovery. Read more on the DSHS Medium page.

DSHS Hosts Taiwan Ministry of Health and Wellness

On Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023, DSHS Secretary Jilma Meneses hosted members of Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare in a rich exchange of insights, practices and challenges to providing human services. Fariborz Pakseresht, director of the Oregon Department pof Human Services, joined to represent the state of Oregon.

Interim DDA Assistant Secretary Dr. Tonik Joseph introduced Beth Krehbiel Director, Division of Field Services who focused on the intersection of poverty and developmental disabilities. Pointing to economic barriers impacting our clients, 99% of whom live in poverty, she shared our efforts to help people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities find employment and improve their quality of life—including improved health outcomes. Krehbiel also discussed the success of paying family members for the support they provide.

Each delegation expressed concerns about caring for an aging population. “Things that benefit our aging population benefit our community with developmental disabilities,” Krehbiel said. Speakers also shared challenges around funding and the need for culturally respectful approaches. Common solutions included partnerships between government agencies, private organizations, local communities and families.

As an extension of previous meetings with the Chinese Taipei Minister of Agriculture, this collaborative experience brought to life the words of Department of Health Secretary Dr. Umair Shah, “Public health challenges do not know borders.”

What We Do

The Developmental Disabilities Administration is transforming lives by providing support and fostering partnerships that empower people to live the lives they want. The 2023-2025 DDA Strategic Plan describes our work and expected outcomes to accomplish the mission.  

People with developmental disabilities and their families are valued citizens of the state of Washington. The Developmental Disabilities Administration strives to develop and implement public policies that will promote individual worth, self-respect, and dignity such that each individual is valued as a contributing member of the community. The Developmental Disabilities Guiding Values encompasses our vision and values for inclusive communities.

For more information about our programs and services, see the 2022 Developmental Disabilities Administration Caseload and Cost Report.

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Our Mission and Values

  • Mission: Transforming lives by providing support and fostering partnerships that empower people to live the lives they want.
  • Vision: Support individuals by continually improving and individualizing supports, building support plans based on needs, and engaging individuals and families.
  • Values: Respect, Person-Centered Planning, Partnerships, Community Participation.
  • Guiding Values: Inclusion, Status and Contribution, Relationships Power and Choice, Health and Safety, Competence.
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