Advocacy Organizations

There are a number of private and non-profit organizations that offer support for families of students with disabilities. In meetings across the state, the staff for the Special Education Support Center heard family members and students express surprise when someone mentioned a new resource.
The Special Education Support Center is committed to provide up to date information on the private sector and non-profit organizations that provide information, resources and support for families and students with disabilities.

ARC of Washington State

The ARC works to ensure that Americans with developmental and intellectual disabilities have the supports they need to grow, develop and live in communities, including health care, early interventions and a free appropriate public education. For adults their service include employment preparation, job placement, independent living skill training and any other supports needed.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a national nonprofit organization providing education, advocacy, and support for individuals with AD/HD.

International Dyslexia Association

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families, and the communities that support them.

Learning Disabilities Association of America

LDA is the largest nonprofit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities and has over 200 state and local affiliates in 42 states and Puerto Rico.

Disability Rights Washington

Disability Rights Washington (DRW) 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.

National Federation of the Blind

The NFB improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.

Developmental Disbilities Council

The council works to promote the values of self-determination, independence, inclusion, integration, and productivity for people with developmental disabilities.

Parent to Parent

Parent to Parent provides emotional support and information to families
of children with special needs and/or disabilities.

PAVE

Washington PAVE is a parent directed organization that works with families, individuals with disabilities, professionals and community members.Since 1979, PAVE has provided information, training and support for over 1,000,000 individuals with disabilities, parents and professionals.

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