Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)

Latest News

1/12/22 DDA Projects Show and Share - We are hosting virtual Show and Share events for community members to help guide our work on projects in their early stages. If any of these projects touch your life, we would love to hear from you.

Please Zoom In to share your ideas at our Show and Share!
January 27th, 2022, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
February 10th, 2022, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

1/3/22 - Disability Designations and Medical Alert for Driver Licenses and ID Cards The Department of Licensing has been working on SSB 6429, a bill that passed the Washington State Legislature in 2020 and took effect January 1, 2022. This allows individuals in Washington to voluntarily add a designation to their driver license or ID card when they:

  • Have a developmental disability.
  • Are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Have a medical condition that could affect their communication or account for a medical emergency.

01/07/2022‘The situation is dangerous.’ Parents sound alarm over troubled in-home care provider

12/7/2021  - The Arc’s Annual Notebook Meeting is now available to view.  There were many speakers including Representative Jamila Taylor, Marissa Chavez, Policy Analyst for the House Democratic Caucus, and Debbie Roberts, Assistant Secretary for the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). 

12/7/2021 - The Department of Social & Health Services legislative report: No Paid Services Client Caseload has been released to the legislature.


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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 2021-2023 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 2021 Developmental Disabilities Administration Caseload and Cost Report.

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