Robin Tatsuda, MSW
Director of Information & Family Support
Serving The Arc since 2012
While Robin Tatsuda does not (yet) identify as disabled, she has been surrounded by disability her entire life. Driven by the foundational values that disability is a form of diversity and that disability rights are civil rights, Robin is delighted to be part of The Arc of King County team. Robin began working in the I/DD field in 2005 providing intensive behavior support services to youth in home and at school. Over the years, she was also a personal care and respite provider, social skills teacher, and Special Olympics coach. These experiences allowed Robin to appreciate the resilience of individuals with I/DD and their families while also identify the gaps and barriers within disability “systems”. In 2013 Robin achieved her Master of Social Work so that she could take an even greater role in promoting and protecting the human and civil rights of people with I/DD and their families. Robin’s visual thinking and knack for organization allow her to partner with the skilled staff team at The Arc to identify and address issues of social justice from the disability lens.
Robin is currently a Practicum Instructor for social work students, and serves on the University of Washington School of Social Work’s Field Education Advisory Council. Robin also pioneered an advisory group at the UW School of Social Work to integrate disability justice within the curriculum and school culture. Robin has presented on disability equity and inclusion to a wide variety of audiences including master’s students in social work and public health, housing organizations, transportation organizations, and other civil rights groups.