Too Little Too Late

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Lesson Title

Too Little Too Late Special Report

 Video title, link and release date;

Too Little Too Late, March 1, 2013; Re-posted March 7, 2013

Video length

Twelve minutes and forty seconds

Grade level

High school

Video Summary

  • Too Little Too Late is a report by Disability Rights Washington (DRW) investigating the unnecessary health risks that people living in supported-living arrangements face due to negligence on the part of staff members.
  • Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has failed to investigate these incidents in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Disability Rights Washington recommends five specific actions to be taken:
      1. Mandate prompt investigations
      2. Allocate a sufficient number of investigators
      3. Make supported-living requirements more specific.
      4. Enhance regulatory state authority
      5. Establish interdisciplinary committee to review deaths
  • The report is not meant to condemn supported-living arrangements in themselves, but rather to further improve conditions within them.

Review Questions

What examples of abuse of power and control does Andrea Kadlec give?

According to Susan Kas, what incident reported in the Tacoma News Tribune spurred this report?

According to David Carlson, what were some of the concerns that people had about airing problems within supported-living programs?

Freewriting “Journal” Prompt

What about this report do you have questions about?

Why do you think some people were concerned about DRW’s critiquing of an aspect of support-living programs?

What do you want to know more about?


Disability Rights Washington

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