Office of the Education Ombuds
The OEO facilitates the resolution of individual complaints regarding issues or concerns that impact any student in Washington’s public school system.
OSPI: Special Education Dispute Resolution
If you are unable to come to agree with your child’s teacher or school about your child’s educational goals, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s website has a Special Education Dispute Resolution page for resolving disagreements.
Partnerships for Action. Voices for Empowerment (PAVE)
PAVE provides advocacy, support and workshops on issues related to education, IEPs and inclusion.
Parent to Parent (P2P)
P2P provides support and information to families of children with special needs and/or disabilities, including information and advocacy related to IEPs and education. Local offices are located in every area of the state and can be found in your phone book or by visiting its website.
Special Education Technology Center
Assists with the special technology needs of special education students.
Dental Education in Care of Persons with Disabilities (DECOD)
A special program of the School of Dentistry that treats persons with severe disabilities. Find a directory of dentists trained to treat children and adults with special needs, as well as helpful dental care fact sheets related to specific conditions.
Family to Family Health Information Center
Family to Family helps families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and the professionals who serve them identify sources that may be of use when looking for healthcare funding. The F2F HIC understands the issues that families face. They provide advice, offer a multitude of resources, and tap into a network of other families and professionals for support and information.
Parenthelp123 is operated by the statewide non-profit WithinReach, and helps Washington State families find services in their communities and apply for health insurance, food assistance programs and more. The website also provides important health information for pregnant women, children and families.
Housing and In-Home Supports
Apply for DDA in-home services/supports (e.g., Medicaid Personal Care, Supported Living, Companion Home, Adult Family Home)
Apply for HUD federal housing assistance. Contact your local Housing Authority to find out how long the waiting list is. (visit locator)
Legal Advocacy and Protection
Disability Rights Washington
Legal services for disability rights violations, general information about legal rights, community education and training. (Tel) 1-800-562-2702 | (TTY) (800) 905-0209
NW Justice Project
Civil legal assistance and representation to low-income people in situations affecting basic human needs, such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs. 1-888-201-1014 (Outside King County) | 2-1-1 (Inside King County)
Provides information about legal issues and where to find legal help for low-income individuals.
If you suspect that a child or vulnerable adult is being abused or neglected, call this number: 1-866-363-4276 The operator will connect you with the right DSHS office to make your report. [Note: If you are calling about an immediate life-threatening emergency, call 911.]
DD Life Opportunities Trust (aka DD Endowment Trust Fund)
Considerations in planning for the future may include wills and special needs trusts. One option for you to explore is the DD Endowment Trust Fund (ETF), administered by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council. This public/private partnership creates a stable resource to enhance the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. For more information, call toll-free 1-888-754-879.
My Life Plan
Created by a partnership between the DD Council and The Arc of Washington State, is a free online tool to help you plan for the future. The questions have been designed with input from families and professionals to identify age-specific questions related to a person’s strengths, interests. My Life Plan puts the individual at the center of life decisions every step of the way.
Monthly benefits to help low-income individuals and families buy food. 1-877-501-2233