Washington State Links

Links are listed in alphabetical order.

AccessIT promotes the use of electronic and information technology (E&IT) for students and employees with disabilities in educational institutions at all academic levels. This Web site features the AccessIT Knowledge Base, a searchable, growing database of questions and answers regarding accessible E&IT. It is designed for educators, policy makers, librarians, technical support staff, and students and employees with disabilities and their advocates.

ARC of Washington
The Arc of Washington State's mission is to promote the education, health, self-sufficiency, self-advocacy, inclusion and choices of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association
ADDA's mission is to help people with ADD lead happier, more successful lives through education, research, and public advocacy. Whether you have ADD yourself, or someone special in your life does, or you treat, counsel, or teach those who do, ADDA is an organization for you. ADDA is especially focused on the needs of ADDults and young adults with ADD. Parents of children with ADD are also welcome!

Autism Outreach Project
Welcome to the home of the Autism Outreach Project, a State-Needs Project through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in collaboration with the Department of Social and Health Services and Northwest ESD 189. A state-wide system in which the identification, program development, placement, and staff development activities for students with autism are coordinated to ensure that all school districts, parents, agencies, and students are appropriately served throughout the state of Washington.

Brocks Acadamy - Keeping Kids Spirit for Learning Alive!
We offer premium one on one in home private school classes and in home tutoring. We serve students and families who are looking for something different, who want an alternative out of the box approach due to learning style differences, learning challenges and disabilities or desire a non traditional flexible school schedule and calendar. We offer year round classes and year round open enrollment. Each students program is customized to meet their individual learning needs and interest.

Center for Change in Transition
The goal of the Center is to improve post-school outcomes for students with disabilities in Washington State. This web site provides special education teachers, directors, students and their families with resources, information and news regarding secondary special education and transition services.

Children’s County Home
Children's Country Home is a non-profit, pediatric group home in Woodinville, Washington serving children with special health care needs. Provides 24-hour nursing care to medically fragile and medically intensive children.

Disability Rights Washington
Disability Rights Washington is a private non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights. We provide free advocacy services to people with disabilities.

DSHS - People Helping People
Links and information from Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT)
Early intervention services during the first years can make a big difference in a child’s life. Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (formerly the Infant and Toddler Early Intervention Program or ITEIP) provides services to children birth to 3 who have disabilities and/or developmental delays. Eligible infants and toddlers and their families are entitled to individualized, quality early intervention services in accordance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C.

Easter Seals of Washington State
Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 80 years. Whether helping someone improve physical mobility, return to work or simply gain greater independence for everyday living, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.

Fathers Network
Supports fathers and families raising children with special health care needs and developmental disabilities.

Hearing Loss Association of Washington
We have the information you need on hearing loss in both adults and children, frequently asked questions regarding hearing loss, hearing disorders like tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or Meniere's disease, cochlear implants, new technologies, noise and hearing loss, links to some useful on-line resources, books and videos of interest, and state news and events of our national, state and local chapters. Formerly Washington State Association of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People.

Hearing Speech & Deafness Center
Communication means working with each individual client and their family to determine and support whatever will be the most effective method of communicating for that specific person. It may be sign language, hearing aids, speech therapy, language training, motor therapy, assistive devices or technology. The HSDC staff is experienced in all of these methods and uses them in combination with a true desire to serve their client well. This combination of expertise and caring is what has made HSDC successful with thousands of people each year.

Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of Washington State
The Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of Washington promotes and provides services and support to improve the quality of life for individuals and families affected by learning and attentional disabilities.

Music Works Northwest
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

The NW Chapter of CHADD, a national non-profit organization that provides education and advocacy regarding AD/HD issues across the lifespan. We are an all-volunteer organization.

Pacific Northwest Angelman Syndrome Foundation
Pacific Northwest Angelman Syndrome Foundation was formed in 1994 for the purposes of increasing public awareness of Angelman Syndrome (AS) and serving as a resource and source of support for individuals with AS and their families in the states of Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

Parent Help 123
Parents work hard to provide for their families. Sometimes they need a little help. ParentHelp123 can help you find out if your family may qualify for health insurance and food programs in Washington State!

People First of Washington
We are people first, our disabilities are secondary!

Resilience Trumps Aces
On the Children’s Resilience Initiative™ website, you’ll find information for parents, service providers and Walla Walla community members. You can learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES for short) research. As parents, you can also learn about how you can help your children to be resilient – to rise above the challenge of ACEs and to thrive! After all, Resilience is our middle name! You can also look at services in the Walla Walla Valley – through the lens of ACEs – you can see what services we have here, how to access them and see where our gaps are – what we as a community need to build in order to help our children to thrive. In these pages, we’ll show you that, indeed, “All Roads Lead to Resilience”!

Sibshops – The Sibling Support Project
Sibshops are pedal-to-the-metal celebrations of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in-between. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another — if they are given a chance. Sibshops are a spirited mix of new games (designed to be unique, off-beat, and appealing to a wide ability range), new friends, and discussion activities.

Summer Camp Directory - Seattle Children's Center for Children with Special Needs
The Center compiles a searchable list of summer camps for children with special needs in Washington State (also available in printable PDF version). To find a summer camp or program, scroll down and select the type of camp, special needs considerations, camp location, desired month, and then review your search results.

Tacoma Area Commission on Disabilities
About the Commission: "We are an advisory group to the City Council in policy making, and partner with the community to bring awareness of issues that affect individuals with disabilities. We also participate on committees, help educate the public about disability issues, and serve as a resource for City staff. Our commission consists of eleven volunteers with a variety of experiences and expertise."

The Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Developed by the Center for Children with Special Needs with support from the Washington State Department of Health Children with Special Health Care Needs Program. The tools are designed to provide information and resources for families of children with special health care needs and professionals about the following topics: the parent and child care provider partnership, emotional support for families, and care coordinators in Washington State.

Tourettes Syndrome of Washington And Oregon States
Exist to offer information, support and resources regarding Tourette Syndrome and its related conditions. We work together with the medical community, the schools and families whose lives are touched by Tourettes Syndrome.

WA State Hands and Voices
WA State Hands & Voices is a parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting & unifying families with children who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or deaf-blind. We provide families with a non-biased perspective of communication choices & with the resources they need to improve communication access & education outcomes for their children. Our activities are focused on networking with parents & professionals to empower their children throughout the entire state to reach their hightest potential.

Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP)
The Washington Assistive Technology Alliance (WATA) is a consumer advocacy network that includes the University of Washington Center for Technology and Disability Studies (UWCTDS), and the AT Resource Center at Easter Seals Washington (EATRC). WATA also receives guidance from a Consumer Majority Advisory Board. WATA activities include: * information and referral * consultation, and training related to selection of AT devices, services and funding * legal advice and advocacy * policy development; and legislative action * technical consultation and training * publications * development and maintenance of online resources.

Washington Connection - Helps determine eligibility for Government Services
DSHS has launched a new benefits portal, where people can determine if they are eligible for state services as well as apply online for some programs.

Washington Education Association
Represents nearly 70,000 school and college employees in Washington. As the state's largest public employee labor organization, our mission is to make education the best it can be for students, staff and communities.

Washington OSPI/Special Education
Special Education and related services are provided annually to about 124,000 eligible students in the state across 295 school districts. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures that children with disabilities and the families of such children have access to a free appropriate public education (FAPE). IDEA is focused on improving educational results for children with disabilities. RCW 28A.155 provides the statutory basis for special education services in Washington, and WAC 392-172A provides the regulatory basis for both IDEA and RCW 28A.155. You will find important announcements, most special education publications. staff directory, SEAC information, links, events, join a mailing list and much more.

Washington State Department of Early Learning
The Department of Early Learning (DEL) strive to help create safe, healthy, nurturing learning experiences for all Washington children. Our work focuses on the earliest years in children’s homes, child care, school programs and communities. We offer information and resources for children's first and most important teachers—parents—as well as others who care for and teach young children.

Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council
The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council is a council appointed by the Governor to plan comprehensive services for Washington State's citizens with developmental disabilities.

Washington State PTA
The Washington Congress of Parents and Teachers (the Washington State PTA), a branch of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers (the National PTA), was founded in 1905. The Washington State PTA is a nonprofit, membership association which seeks to bring together the home, school and community on behalf of all children and youth.

Washington State Special Education Coalition (WSSEC)
The Washington State Special Education Coalition was formed in 1977 to bring parent and professional organizations together in a spirit of cooperation to share information, explore issues and effectively advocate for quality education for all children, particularly those with special education needs in Washington State. We encourage you to use this web site to learn more about the WSSEC, our mission and our priorities.


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