Washington State Resources for Parents of Children and Youth with Disabilities

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 
http://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/InfantsChildrenandTeens/HealthandSafety/ChildrenwithSpecialHealthCareNeeds

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) 
http://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/InfantsChildrenandTeens/HealthandSafety/ChildrenwithSpecialHealthCareNeeds

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 
https://www.dshs.wa.gov/dda

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 
https://www.dshs.wa.gov/bhsia/division-behavioral-health-and-recovery/mental-health-services-and-information

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) 
https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/office-deaf-and-hard-hearing

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) 
http://www.disabilityrightswa.org/sites/default/files/uploads/Executive_Summary_InvestigativeReportRegardingtheAshleyTreatment.pdf

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

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