Suitable Representative Training

This is the training for Suitable Representative Volunteers.  Please coordinate with the OAH ADA coordinator before you take this training, if you want to become qualified as a Suitable Representative under WAC 10-24-010(20).  

These training materials discuss how to represent someone in hearings before OAH when a suitable representative has been appointed by OAH as an ADA accommodation. 

Please use this training checklist which has hyperlinks to all of the documents and videos required for the training:


Suitable Representative Two-Year Assessment Report

Since January 2018, the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) has provided “suitable representatives” as a new form of accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). OAH’s accommodation rule, WAC 10-24-010, provides a process to appoint a person to serve as a “suitable representative.” The accommodation is for self-represented parties when other accommodation measures are not sufficient to provide meaningful participation in OAH hearings. This report examines OAH’s experience implementing the new accommodation during the period January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2019, and evaluates its effectiveness to promote equal access to administrative justice for people with disabilities.

To read the full report, click Two-Year Assessment Report.