Breaking Barriers 2023: A Celebration of Disability Community


6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Event Type

Breaking Barriers, a Celebration of Disability Community will be held Thursday June 1st, 2023 at the spectacular 415 Westlake from 6:00-8:30pm, centering the voices and talents of disabled artists!

Please join us for an energizing evening of community building and live performances spotlighting stand-up comedy with D-List comedian Michael Bellevue, legendary hip-hop with King Khazm, a sneak preview of the upcoming production of Cost of Living by Sound Theatre Company, award-winning poetry by Jeannine Gailey, and uplifting musical performances by Nick Baker.

Dynamic duo Mickey Rowe and Helen Marion-Rowe once again will bring their high-octane energy to emcee the soiree, which features disabled artists, musicians and actors, special guest speaker State Representative Darya Farivar, an exclusive raffle, hearty hors d’oeuvres, local wine and beer and rock star DRW advocates. After three years of being apart, we’re excited to celebrate, laugh, uplift and be in community with you!

To ensure an accessible and inclusive event, the venue is barrier-free with wheelchair accessible restrooms, ASL and CART will be provided, and a streaming option for virtual participation will be available.

Disability Rights Washington (DRW) is a pioneering statewide organization focused solely on advocating for the more than 1.7 million people with all disabilities in Washington and breaking systemic barriers to dignity, equity and self-determination. Breaking Barriers is DRW’s largest and most important fundraiser of the year. You can attend in person or virtually this year. Join an anticipated 300 guests including DRWs staff, members of the disability community, performers, artist, lawyers, advocates, and local business owners. Be recognized as a meaningful partner in Washington’s disability rights movement and fight alongside disabled leaders who are at the center of DRW’s work to create systemic change.

For more information about sponsoring or Disability Rights Washington’s Breaking Barriers event, contact Sheri Shuster Disability Rights Washington is a 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1974.Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. DRW’s tax identification number is 91-0956784. To learn more about DRW, visit us at