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Call for Stories: Share your experiences to highlight the value of educational accommodations

In response to pandemic-related school closures, the U.S. Department of Education was considering waiving part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities. While…
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COVID19: Drive Thru Only Services Must Provide Access to People Who Cannot Drive

As a result of many businesses converting to drive-thru only, transit-dependent people, in particular members of the disability community who are blind and low-vision, aren’t able to access services.
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Seattle Times OpEd – Coronavirus: Remember students with disabilities in a time of crisis

For students with disabilities, school is often where they have access to physical, speech, mental-health and other therapies. As schools around the nation are closing, disabled students and their families are being left without supports.
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Disability Rights Washington Files Complaint over COVID-19 Treatment Rationing Plan in Washington State

Our parent organization, Disability Rights Washington, has filed a complaint against Washington's plan to ration #COVID19 care and how it discriminates against disabled people. The #COVID19 rationing plan would give priority to treating people who are younger and healthier and leaves those who are older and sicker—people with disabilities—to die.
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Disabled Voters Now Have A Sidewalk to Get to Pierce County Elections Center

"We must do everything we can to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote - especially for those of us who are transit dependent,” said Anna Zivarts, Rooted in Rights Program Director. “There are real consequences to not having our votes count and having the transit services we rely on get cut or underfunded." 
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Victory! Tacoma Builds Missing Sidewalk to Pierce County Elections Center

This is exciting news – after our video with Blake Geyen led to a Tacoma New Tribune profile, Tacoma moved to build the section of missing sidewalk connecting the nearest bust stop to the Pierce County Elections Center. Here’s…
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Apply to intern with Rooted in Rights and King County this summer!

Undergraduate and graduate students - apply for a 12-week paid summer internship with Rooted in Rights and King County.
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Victory! City of Seattle Changes Reimbursement Rate Structure to Increase Supply of Wheelchair Accessible Cabs

The City of Seattle is changing the reimbursement rates for Wheelchair Accessible Taxi owners
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How have wildfires impacted your health and your community?

Crosscut just reported on a new study from the University of Washington that showed that Washingtonians were more likely to die on smokey days. This research reiterates what we know from our lived experience – poor air quality, in particular…