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SL Start offers online access to information relating to developmental and physical disabilities, brain injury, employment and state-specific resources. These resources are given to assist individuals in gaining knowledge and empowerment to improve their lives, or the lives of a loved one. Clicking one of the links below will take you to more information and further links to websites that may be of service to you.

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Assistive Technology

Idaho Assistive Technology Project

The Idaho Assistive Technology Project is a federally funded program administered by the Center on Disabilities and Human Development at the University of Idaho. The goal is to increase the availability of assistive technology devices and services for older persons and Idahoans with disabilities.

Idaho Center for Assistive Technology

The Idaho Center for Assistive Technology assists Idahoans with any physical or cognitive challenge reach to their full potential and achieves the greatest independence possible. The center supports people with any kind of disability, together with their caregivers and all professionals to discover Assistive Technology solutions, educating the public and assist in resolving barriers so we can all have success in our communities.

Washington Assistive Technology Act Program

The Washington Assistive Technology Act Program serves Washington residents of all ages with disabilities of all types, their families, employers and employment service providers, educators, health care and social service providers, and others seeking information about assistive technology (AT) and accessible information technology. WATAP is located within the UW Center on Technology & Disability Studies and is guided by a consumer-majority advisory council.

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Asperger's Syndrome

Asperger Coalition of the US

MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information and advice to families of More advanced individuals with Autism, Asperger syndrome, and Pervasive developmental disorder (PDD).

A.S.P.E.N.

ASPEN provides families and individuals whose lives are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities with education, support, and advocacy in areas of appropriate educational programs, medical research funding, adult issues and increased public awareness and understanding.

Families of Adults Afflicted with Asperger's Syndrome (FAAAS)

FAAAS's mission is to offer support to the family members of adult individuals affected with Asperger's Syndrome.

KidsHealth for Parents: Asperger's Syndrome

KidsHealth provides information about health, behavior, and development for kids and teens that are free of "doctor speak."

Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support

Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support provides individuals with Asperger Syndrome, families, educators, and professionals working with individuals diagnosed with AS, with support access to information.

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Autism

Autism Guidebook for WA State

The Autism Guidebook for Washington State contains a wealth of relevant information for families, educators, medical professionals, care providers, and others who make informed decisions about individual care of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disorders.

Autism National Committee

Autism National Committee (AUTCOM) is an advocacy organization dedicated to "Social Justice for All Citizens with Autism" through a shared vision and a commitment to positive approaches. The organization was founded in 1990 to protect and advance the human rights and civil rights of all persons with autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and related differences of communication and behavior.

Autism Outreach Project

The Autism Outreach Project provides information, dissemination of demographic data, referrals, and training on best practices in identification and program development for students with autism spectrum disorders to Washington families, schools, and agencies.

Autism Research Institute

The Autism Research Institute (ARI) is the hub of a worldwide network of parents and professionals concerned with autism. ARI was founded in 1967 to conduct and foster scientific research designed to improve the methods of diagnosing, treating, and preventing autism. ARI also disseminates research findings to parents and others worldwide seeking help. The ARI data bank, the world's largest, contains over 40,000 detailed case histories of autistic children from over 60 countries.

Autism Society of America

The Autism Society is one of the nation's leading grassroots autism organizations that exist to improve the lives of all affected by autism. Key strategies include increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.

Autism Society of Washington

The mission of Autism Society of Washington is to improve the lives of all affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders in Washington State.

Autism Society of Treasure Valley

The Autism Society of Treasure Valley (ASATVC) is the Treasure Valley Chapter of the Autism Society of America, the Nation's oldest and largest organization advocating for individuals with Autism. The mission of the ASATVC is to serve the needs of all individuals in Idaho with Autism and their families through advocacy, education, and public awareness.

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is an autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Center for the Study of Autism

Center for the Study of Autism is a parent-driven collaboration dedicated to advancing autism research in the interest of all individuals living with autism today. The Center believes that the perception of autism as a lifelong incurable psychiatric disease needs to be abandoned to embrace one that views autism as a medical disorder that is preventable and treatable.

The National Autism Center

The National Autism Center is dedicated to serving children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders by providing reliable information, promoting best practices, and offering comprehensive resources for families, practitioners, and communities.

University of Washington Autism Center

UW Autism Center provides diagnostic evaluations and multi-disciplinary intervention services for children with autism spectrum disorders from infancy through adolescence and a wide range of professional training opportunities.

Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic

The Autism Program at Yale is an interdisciplinary group of clinicians and scholars dedicated to providing comprehensive clinical services to children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

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Blind/Visually Impaired

Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a state agency which has been serving Idahoans since 1967. The agency assists blind and visually impaired persons to achieve independence by providing education, developing work skills, increasing self-confidence and helping them remain employed or prepare for employment.

National Information Clearinghouse on Children Who are Deaf-Blind

The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) is a national technical assistance and dissemination center for children and youth who are deaf-blind.

Washington State Dept. of Services for the Blind

The Washington State Department of Services for the Blind is a state rehabilitation agency that offers assistance to persons who are blind or visually impaired.

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Brain Injury

Brain Injury Association of Idaho

The Brain Injury Association of Idaho is a non-profit organization helping persons with brain injury and their family members.

Brain Injury Association of Washington

Our mission is to increase public awareness, support, and hope for those affected by brain injury through education, assistance, and advocacy.

Brain Injury Association, Inc.

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is one of the leading national organization serving and representing individuals, families and professionals who are touched by a life-altering, often devastating, traumatic brain injury. BIAA provides information, education and support to assist the 3.17 million Americans currently living with traumatic brain injury and their families.

University of Washington School of Medicine
Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine

The University of Washington Department Of Rehabilitation Medicine's mission is to improve the function, level of independence, and quality of life of people who have disabilities brought about by illness, injury, or of congenital origin.

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Cerebral Palsy

American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine

American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine provides multidisciplinary scientific education for health professionals and promote excellence in research and services for the benefit of people with cerebral palsy and childhood-onset disabilities.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

The mission of National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is to reduce the burden of neurological disease - a burden borne by every age group, by every segment of society, by people all over the world.

United Cerebral Palsy

For 60 years, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) has been committed to change and progress for persons with disabilities. Founded in 1949, the national organization and its nationwide network of affiliates strive to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every facet of society-from the Web to the workplace, from the classroom to the community.

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Children and Early Intervention Services

Child Development Institute

Child Development Institutes's primary goal is to provide information to parents based on current research that is both comprehensive and practical. The purpose is to enable parents to help each child to develop to his or her full potential and also to help families develop into supportive environments for all family members.

Connect for Kids

Connect for Kids gives visitors the information and tools they need to learn about issues affecting children, families, and communities and to take action to improve policies and programs, and, ultimately, the fabric of our nation as a whole

Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

The early intervention program provides services for infants and toddlers, birth to three, who have disabilities and/or developmental delays. Eligible infants and toddlers and their families in Washington State are entitled to individualized, quality early intervention services in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Infant Toddler Program
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

The Infant Toddler Program helps children from birth to age three who have a developmental delay. The Infant Toddler Program is available in Idaho statewide and provides a variety of therapeutic, educational and supportive services to help both the child and his or her family. Services are provided as early as possible in the child's life. All services are free to families.

Intensive Behavioral Interventions
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Intensive Behavioral Interventions is a Medicaid-reimbursed service that is available to children and young adults in Idaho with developmental disabilities who display challenging behaviors.

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Disability Studies

University of Washington Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD)

CHDD is one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive interdisciplinary research and training centers focusing on a wide array of developmental disabilities. More than 600 University of Washington faculty and staff members, as well as numerous doctoral and post-doctoral students, provide clinical services, interdisciplinary clinical and research training, and technical assistance and outreach training to community practitioners and community agencies. CHDD scientists and clinicians also conduct basic and applied research to generate new knowledge and disseminate information widely.

Center on Human Policy

The Center on Human Policy is a Syracuse University based policy, research, and advocacy organization involved in the national movement to insure the rights of people with disabilities. The Center is involved with a broad range of local, statewide, national and international activities, including policy studies, research, information and referral, advocacy, training and consultation, and information dissemination.

Education and Community Supports, University of Oregon

Educational and Community Supports (ECS) is a research unit within the College of Education at the University of Oregon that has operated since 1972. ECS focuses on the development and implementation of practices that result in positive, durable and scientifically substantiated change in the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. Federal and state funded projects support research, teaching, dissemination and technical assistance activities. Research groups affiliated with ECS currently focus on positive behavior support, inclusive schools, transition, and adult services.

Idaho Center on Disabilities and Human Development, University of Idaho

The Center on Disabilities and Human Development strives, through education, outreach, research, and service to accomplish a vision that foresees a nation in which all Americans, including Americans with disabilities, participate fully in their communities.

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Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome Information Network

Down Syndrome Online offers comprehensive information about Down syndrome, including articles, books and scientific papers.

National Down Syndrome Society

The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The National Down Syndrome Society envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities.

National Association for Down Syndrome

National Association for Down Syndrome is the oldest organization in the country serving individuals with Down syndrome and their families. The mission is to ensure that all persons with Down syndrome have the opportunity to achieve their potential in all aspects of community life. The organization offers information, support, and advocacy.

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Employment: General Information

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other vulnerable youth.

Ticket to Work Program, Office of Employment Support Programs

The Ticket to Work Program provides most people receiving Social Security benefits more choices for receiving employment services. Under this program the Social Security Administration issues ticket to eligible beneficiaries who, in turn, may choose to assign those tickets to an Employment Network (EN) of their choice to obtain employment services, vocational rehabilitation services, or other support services necessary to achieve a vocational (work) goal. The EN, if they accept the ticket, will coordinate and provide appropriate services to help the beneficiary find and maintain employment.

U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy

This web site is designed to support people with disabilities to get and maintain meaningful employment.

Your Ticket To Work

The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program is an employment program for people with disabilities who are interested in going to work. The Ticket Program is part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 - legislation designed to remove many of the barriers that previously influenced people's decisions about going to work because of the concerns over losing health care coverage. The goal of the Ticket Program is to increase opportunities and choices for Social Security disability beneficiaries to obtain employment, vocational rehabilitation (VR), and other support services from public and private providers, employers, and other organizations.

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Employment: Idaho

Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (IDVR) is a state-federal program whose goal is to assist people with disabilities to prepare for, secure, retain or regain employment.

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Employment: Washington

Clark County Supported Employment

Clark County offers employment services and community access to adults with developmental disabilities.

Cowlitz County Supported Employment

Cowlitz County offers employment services and community access to adults with developmental disabilities in the county.

Spokane County Supported Employment Services

Spokane County offers employment services and community access services to adults with developmental disabilities in Spokane County. This program provides an array of services to support people with developmental disabilities to develop meaningful careers and also participate actively in their communities.

Washington Initiative for Supported Employment

The Washington Initiative for Supported Employment is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to expanding employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. The organization's consultant team works intimately with private businesses, county governments, school districts, social service providers, and families and offers an array of services including Technical Assistance, project design and demonstration, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Consulting, financial systems analysis and design, information technology assessment, and organizational development and management coaching.

Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) provides employment services and counseling to individuals with disabilities who want to work but experience barriers to work because of a physical, sensory, and/or mental disability. A DVR counselor works with each person to develop a customized plan of services designed to help them reach their employment goal.

Washington WorkFirst

WorkFirst is Washington's temporary cash assistance program for low-income families. WorkFirst provides families the services and supports they need to "get a job, get a better job and have a better life!"

Yakima County Supported Employment Services

Yakima County offers employment services and community access services to adults with developmental disabilities in Yakiam County. This program provides an array of services to support people with developmental disabilities to develop meaningful careers and also participate actively in their communities.

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Epilepsy

Epilepsy.com

Epilepsy.com is an online source for information, community and resources aimed at your experience with epilepsy. The site features information about epilepsy and furthers the vision of the Epilepsy Therapy Project to create a powerful resource for everyone involved in caring for, or treating, those with epilepsy.

Epilepsy Foundation

The Epilepsy Foundation of America® is the national voluntary agency dedicated solely to the welfare of the almost 3 million people with epilepsy in the U.S. and their families. The organization works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; to improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and to promote research for a cure.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) conducts and supports research on brain and nervous system disorders. Created by the U.S. Congress in 1950, NINDS is one of the more than two dozen research institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health.

National Society for Epilepsy

National Society for Epilepsy is a leading national epilepsy medical charity working for everyone affected by epilepsy, through our cutting edge research, awareness campaigns and expert care.

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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Center for Excellence

The mission of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Center for Excellence is to facilitate the development and improvement of prevention, treatment, and care systems in the United States by providing national leadership and facilitating collaboration in the field.

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is committed to eliminating birth defects caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy and to improving the quality of life of those affected individuals and families.

University of Washington School of Medicine Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit

The Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit is a research unit dedicated to the prevention, intervention and treatment of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects. Our main goals are to conduct research on fetal alcohol and drug effects across the life span, to disseminate information on fetal alcohol and drug effects, to provide consultation for persons of any age thought to be affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol, and to provide training in human behavioral teratology.

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Idaho Specific Resources

Developmental Therapies for Children and Adults
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Developmental Disabilities Agencies provide skill development for children and adults who meet eligibility requirements for developmental disabilities in Idaho.

Idaho Assistive Technology Project

The Idaho Assistive Technology Project is a federally funded program administered by the Center on Disabilities and Human Development at the University of Idaho. The goal is to increase the availability of assistive technology devices and services for older persons and Idahoans with disabilities.

Idaho Center for Assistive Technology

The Idaho Center for Assistive Technology assists Idahoans with any physical or cognitive challenge reach to their full potential and achieves the greatest independence possible. The center supports people with any kind of disability, together with their caregivers and all professionals to discover Assistive Technology solutions, educating the public and assist in resolving barriers so we can all have success in our communities.

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's mission is to promote and protect the health and safety of Idahoans. The department provides a wide array of programs and services designed to help people live healthy and be productive, strengthening individuals, families and communities.

Idaho legal Aid Services

Idaho Legal Aid Services is a nonprofit Idaho law firm with offices throughout the state. The organization is continually working to seek equal justice for the underprivileged and poor through legal representation, community outreach, and education.

Infant Toddler Program
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

The Infant Toddler Program helps children from birth to age three who have a developmental delay. The Infant Toddler Program is available in Idaho statewide and provides a variety of therapeutic, educational and supportive services to help both the child and his or her family. Services are provided as early as possible in the child's life. All services are free to families.

Intensive Behavioral Interventions
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Intensive Behavioral Interventions is a Medicaid-reimbursed service that is available to children and young adults in Idaho with developmental disabilities who display challenging behaviors.

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Legal

National Guardianship Association

The mission of the National Guardianship Association is to establish and promote a nationally recognized HYPERLINK "http://www.guardianship.org/become_member.htm" standard of excellence in guardianship.

Law, Health Policy & Disability Center

The Law, Health Policy, and Disability Center is an emerging leader in law, technology, education and research. We are focused on improving the quality of life for persons living with disabilities. The center concentrates on public policy and its impact on persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on employment, self-determination and self-sufficiency.

Wrightslaw

Wrightslaw's mission is to provide parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys with accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy so they can be effective catalysts.

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Positive Behavior Support

Association for Positive Behavioral Support

The Association for Positive Behavior Support is an international organization dedicated to promoting research-based strategies that combine applied behavior analysis and biomedical science with person-centered values and systems change to increase quality of life and decrease problem behaviors.

TASH

TASH is an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm. TASH is an organization of members concerned with human dignity, civil rights, education, and independence for all individuals with disabilities.

University of Delaware Positive Behavior Support Project

The systems change goal of the Delaware Positive Behavior Support Initiative is to have every teacher and administrator in every school district in the state knowledgeable about and engaged in the use of Positive Behavior Supports as a means to enhance the learning of every student.

Education and Community Supports, University of Oregon

Educational and Community Supports (ECS) is a research unit within the College of Education at the University of Oregon. ECS focuses on the development and implementation of practices that result in positive, durable and scientifically substantiated change in the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. Federal and state funded projects support research, teaching, dissemination and technical assistance activities. Research groups affiliated with ECS currently focus on positive behavior support, inclusive schools, transition, and adult services.

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Prader-Willi Syndrome

International Prader-Willi Syndrome Organization

International Prader-Willi Syndrome Organization's mission is to raise the quality of life for all people with Prader-Willi Syndrome and their families.

Prader-Willi Syndrome Association

Prader-Willi Syndrome Association is an organization of families and professionals working together to promote and fund research, provide education, and offer support to enhance the quality of life of those affected by Prader-Willi syndrome.

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Recreation

Sun Valley Adaptive Sports

Sun Valley Adaptive Sports, located in the heart of Idaho, provides a magical setting of majestic mountains, mighty rivers, and crisp, clean air. Program participants enjoy abundant sunshine as they swoosh down ski slopes on Bald Mountain, bounce through rapids on the Salmon River, or hike through beds of wildflowers on remote trails in the Sawtooth National Forest.

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Restraints, Aversive Interventions, and Seclusion

APRAIS: The Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversive Interventions and Seclusion

The purpose of this site is to seek the elimination of the use of seclusion, aversive interventions, and restraint to respond to or control the behavior of children and youth. And to prohibit the incorporation of these practices into the education, habilitation, or other service delivery plans provided to children and youth with disabilities.

TASH

TASH is an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm. TASH is an organization of members concerned with human dignity, civil rights, education, and independence for all individuals with disabilities.

Beach Center on Disability

The Beach Center on Disability operating as a National Center of Support for families and schools is focused on improving outcomes for children. A recent report published by the United States Government Accountability Office on May 19, 2009 indicates that hundreds of cases of abuse and death have occurred due to the use of seclusion and restraint on children attending our nations public schools.

Wrights Law

Wright's Law provides parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

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Self-Determination

Individualized Funding Information Resources

Providing comprehensive information about ways people with disabilities can gain control over the funds to pay for needed community supports and services - a crucial step towards self-determination and citizenship.

National Program Office on Self-determination

Self-determination.org is your gateway to sites on the Internet for meaning of self determination. This web site contains numerous links to resources related to self-determination.

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Washington Specific Resources

Children's Intensive In-home Behavioral Support Program
Washington State Division of Developmental Disabilities

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is offering a new Home and Community Based Services Waiver for children. The purpose of the new waiver is to help families stay together and support their child's success in the family home. The core of CIIBS services is behavior support, staff and family training and consultation, and respite. Additional services include: personal care, specialized nutrition, therapeutic equipment and supplies, specialized clothing, environmental accessibility adaptations, vehicle adaptations, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and assistive technology.

Children's Residential Programs
Washington's Voluntary Placement Program (VPP)

The VPP offers a variety of supports to eligible children living in a licensed setting outside the family home, when the placement is due solely to the child's disability.

Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

The early intervention program provides services for infants and toddlers, birth to three, who have disabilities and/or developmental delays. Eligible infants and toddlers and their families in Washington State are entitled to individualized, quality early intervention services in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Division of Developmental Disabilities

The Division of Developmental Disabilities assists individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to obtain services and supports based on individual preference, capabilities and needs, and which promote everyday activities, routines and relationships common to most citizens.

Washington Protection and Advocacy System

The Washington Protection and Advocacy System mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. The organization works to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights.

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