Washington State Resources for Parents of Children and Youth with Disabilities

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Parents of youth with disabilities have unique opportunities to promote their successful transition to postsecondary education, employment, and full adult participation in society. Parents can provide the foundation for young people to become self-determined, learn decision-making skills, and gain access to resources. Families can assist in the transition process by providing direction in exploration of interests, guidance in career and college planning, and encouragement as they pursue their dreams. Parents can help each other, too. As they develop skills in working with their own children they can:

Provide information,
Answer questions,
Recommend resources,
Empower youth and young adults with disabilities,
Network,
Train, and
Support one another.

Parents are most effective when they have up-to-date information, communication, and community resources. The following resources may be particularly helpful in assisting parents in Washington State as their children prepare for college and careers. Compiled with input from many parents, this list includes printed materials, websites, disability-related conferences and organizations, and agencies that provide services to individuals with disabilities.

Disability-Specific Organizations

American Foundation for the Blind

800-232-5463
www.afb.org/

The Arc of Washington State

Advocates for the rights of citizens with developmental disabilities.
888-754-8798
www.arcwa.org/

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

253-759-5085
www.add.org/

Autism Society of America

800-328-8476
www.autism-society.org/

Brain Injury Association of Washington

877-824-1766
www.braininjurywa.org

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

800-233-4050
www.chadd.org/

Deaf-Blind Service Center (DBSC)

206-323-9178 (TTY)
www.seattledbsc.org/

Epilepsy Foundation Northwest

206-547-4551
www.epilepsynw.org

The FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) Family Resource Institute

fetalalcoholsyndrome.org/

Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center

800-761-2821
206-388-1275 (TTY)
www.hsdc.org/

Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

800-422-7930 (voice/TTY)
www.dshs.wa.gov/odhh/

SightConnection

800-458-4888
www.sightconnection.org

Spina Bifida Association of Washington State

888-289-3702
www.sbaws.org

Telecommunications Relay Services

800-833-6384
800-833-6388 (TTY); 711 (TTY)
800-833-6385 (Tele-Braille)
877-833-6341 (speech to speech)

Washington Sensory Disabilities Services

800-572-7000 (voice/TTY)
www.wsdsonline.org/

Washington Talking Book and Braille Library

206-615-0400
206-615-0418 (TTY)
www.wtbbl.org

Washington State Department of Services for the Blind

800-552-7103
www.dsb.wa.gov/

Education and Employment

Center for Change in Transition Services

206-296-6494
www.seattleu.edu/ccts/

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT)

888-972-3648 (voice/TTY)
www.uw/doit/

Northwest Education Loan Association (NELA)

877-635-2669
www.nela.net/Centers/Pages/CenterHome.aspx

Oregon Office on Disability and Health (OODH)

503-494-3331
www.ohsu.edu/xd/research/centers-institutes/institute-on-development-and-disability/public-health-programs/oodh/oodh.cfm

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

wiche.edu/sep/

Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

360-753-5662
www.wtb.wa.gov/

Health and Community Resources

Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD)

206-543-7701
depts.washington.edu/chdd/

Children's Hospital Medical Center

866-987-2000
206-987-2280 (TTY)
www.seattlechildrens.org/

Children with Special Health Care Needs Program

360-236-3571
www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/cshcn

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington

206-543-3600
depts.washington.edu/rehab/

Health Education Resource Exchange (HERE)

360-236-3736
here.doh.wa.gov

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities-Washington State Resources (NICHCY)

800-695-0285
202-884-8200
www.nichcy.org/state-organization-search-by-state

PROVAIL

888-810-0745
www.provail.org/

Shriners Hospitals for Children

800-237-5055
www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org

Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)

www.ilru.org/html/publications/directory/SILC.html

Summit Assistance Dogs

360-293-5609
www.summitdogs.org/

Washington State Client Assistance Program

800-544-2121
888 721-6072 (TTY)
www.washingtoncap.org/

Organizations for Parents

Parent to Parent (P2P)

888-754-8798
www.arcwa.org/getsupport/parent_to_parent_p2p_programs

Parent to Parent Power

253-777-1475
lieucrews.wix.com/parent2parentpower#!

Washington PAVE (Parents are Vital in Education)

253-565-2266 (voice/TTY)
www.washingtonpave.org/

Washington State Fathers Network

425-653-4286
www.fathersnetwork.org/

Washington State Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

800-562-3804
www.wastatepta.org/

State Agencies and Organizations

Answers for Special Kids Resource Line

800-322-2588
800-883-6388 (TTY)

Career and Technical Education

360-725-6000
360-664-3631 (TTY)
www.k12.wa.us/careerteched/

Children with Special Health Care Needs Program

Washington State Department of Health
360-236-3571 (voice/TTY)
www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/cshcn

Disability Rights Washington

800-562-2702
800-905-0209 (TTY)
www.disabilityrightswa.org/

Division of Development Disabilities (DDD)

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)
360-725-3413
www1.dshs.wa.gov/DDD/index.shtml

Division of Special Education

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
360-725-6075
www.k12.wa.us/SpecialEd/

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)
800-637-5627
www1.dshs.wa.gov/dvr/

Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment

360-725-9509
www.esd.wa.gov/newsandinformation/legresources/gcde

King County Office of Civil Rights

206-296-7592206-296-7596 (TTY)
www.kingcounty.gov/exec/CivilRights.aspx

Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of Washington

425-882-0820
www.ldawa.org/

Mental Health Division

Department of Social and Health Services
1-877-980-9220
www.dshs.wa.gov/dbhr.mh_information.shtml

No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
360-725-6000
360-664-3631 (TTY)
www.k12.wa.us/ESEA/Contact.aspx

Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)
800-422-7930 (voice/TTY)
www1.dshs.wa.gov/hrsa/odhh/

Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP)

800-214-8731
866-866-0162
www.wata.org/

Washington Protection and Advocacy System (WPAS)

800-562-2702
800-905-0209 (TTY)
www.wpas-rights.org/

Washington Speech and Hearing Association

206-367-8704
www.wslha.org/

Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council

800-634-4473
www.ddc.wa.gov/

Transportation and Driving

King County Metro Transit

206-553-3000
206-684-1739 (TTY)
metro.kingcounty.gov

Spokane Transit

509-328-7433
509-456-4327 (TTY)
www.spokanetransit.com/

St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute Driver Rehab Program

509-473-6289
www.st-lukes.org

Washington State Department of Transportation

360-705-7000
www.wsdot.wa.gov/choices/accessible.cfm

About DO-IT

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) serves to increase the successful participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs such as those in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. Primary funding for DO-IT is provided by the National Science Foundation, the State of Washington, and the U.S. Department of Education. DO-IT is a collaboration of UW Information Technology and the Colleges of Engineering and Education at the University of Washington.

To order free publications or newsletters use the DO-IT Publications Order Form; to order videos and training materials use the Videos, Books and Comprehensive Training Materials Order Form.

For further information, to be placed on the DO-IT mailing list, request materials in an alternate format, or to make comments or suggestions about DO-IT publications or web pages contact:

DO-IT
University of Washington
Box 354842
Seattle, WA 98195-4842
doit@uw.edu
www.uw.edu/doit/
206-685-DOIT (3648) (voice/TTY)
888-972-DOIT (3648) (voice/TTY)
206-221-4171 (fax)
509-328-9331 (voice/TTY) Spokane

Founder and Director: Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.

DO-IT Funding and Partners


Acknowledgment

This publication was developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, #H324M990010. However, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education and you should not assume endorsement by the federal government.

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