Resources



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HEALTHY LIVING

APPLE HEALTH AND APPLE HEALTH FOR KIDS
Health care for individuals with low income (formerly known as Medicaid).
Toll-Free: 800-562-3022

WA HEALTH PLAN FINDER
Find, compare and enroll in health insurance.

WA PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISCOUNT CARD
Free to anyone who lacks prescription drug coverage.
Toll-Free 800-913-4146

AUTISM CENTERS

University of Washington
Evaluation, treatment, training, and research.
Seattle 206-221-6806 Tacoma 253-692-4721

NW Autism Center (Spokane)
Information and referral.
1-509-328-1582

Seattle Children’s Autism Center
Assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support.
1-206-987-8080

UW CENTER ON HUMAN DEVELOPMENT & DISABILITY (CHDD)
A range of on-site clinical service programs that serve primarily children, with or at risk for developmental, learning, and behavioral problems.

UW DENTAL EDUCATION IN CARE OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (DECOD)
A program of the School of Dentistry that treats persons with severe disabilities.
1-206-543-4619

DIRECTORY OF DENTISTS FOR CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENTAL OR SPECIAL NEEDS
A partial listing of dentists who treat patients with mild and/or moderate-severe developmental and acquired special needs.

DIVISION OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & RECOVERY
Contracts with 11 Regional Support Networks (RSNs) to administer community mental health programs for Medicaid-eligible persons.

FAMILY TO FAMILY HEALTH INFORMATION CENTER
Information and referral about special health care needs and insurance.
TOLL-FREE: 1-800-572-7368

SEATTLE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Clinics and programs throughout Western WA, a well as Tri-Cities and Wenatchee.
TOLL-FREE: 1-866-987-2000

WITHINREACH & PARENT HELP 123
A family-friendly clearinghouse, connecting families to resources, benefits, and services.

FAMILY HEALTH HOTLINE
Provides families and professionals with the most up-to-date information about state-sponsored health insurance, food programs, and a wide variety of other resources. The hotline is a program of WithinReach. TOLL-FREE: 1-800-322-2588

BASIC FOOD
Monthly benefits to help low-income individuals and families buy food.

HEALTH CARE TOOLKITS FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
Be an active participant in your health by making sure that your health care providers have the information they need to ensure the best treatment for your specific needs and condition. The following free toolkits include handouts, worksheets, and information to help everyone be better informed and involved.

 

LEGAL ADVOCACY & SERVICES

DISABILITY RIGHTS WASHINGTON
Legal services for disability rights violations, general information about legal rights, community education and training.
TOLL-FREE: 1-800-562-2702

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.
Inside King County: 2-1-1
Outside King County: 1-888-201-1014

WASHINGTON LAWHELP
Provides information about legal issues and where to find legal help for low-income individuals.

END HARM
END HARM STICKERIf you suspect that a child or vulnerable adult is being abused or neglected, call 866-363-4276. The operator will connect you with the right DSHS office to make your report.If you are calling about an immediate life-threatening emergency, call 911.

 

COMMUNITY LIVING

HOUSING & URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD)
Rental assistance to low-income individuals. Contact your local Public Housing Authority to apply for a Section 8 Housing Voucher.

HOMECHOICE PROGRAM
Down payment assistance for low-to-moderate income individuals with disabilities (or families which include individuals with disabilities) seeking to own a home.

LOW INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Helps families keep their heat on, especially those that are most vulnerable, such as the elderly, the disabled, and young children.

 

DAILY LIFE

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES ADMINISTRATION
Home and community-based services for children and adults with developmental disabilities, including Medicaid Personal Care, Employment/Day, Supported Living, Therapies and Respite. Waiting lists may exist for some services, depending on available funding.

DEPARTMENT OF SERVICES FOR THE BLIND (DSB)
Serves children, youth and adults who are blind or have low vision.
TOLL-FREE: 1-800 552-7103

OFFICE OF THE DEAF & HARD OF HEARING (ODHH)
Services for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or hearing with a speech disability.
TOLL-FREE: 1-800-422-7930

DIVISION OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION (DVR)
Short-term services to help adults with disabilities prepare for and secure stable employment, as well as transition to long-term employment support outside DVR.
TOLL-FREE: 1-800-637-5627

INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTERS
Non-residential, private, non-profit, consumer-controlled, community-based organizations providing services and advocacy by and for persons with all types of disabilities.

SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME (SSI)
A cash benefit program to help with daily living expenses (food, shelter, clothing).
TOLL-FREE: 1-800-772-1213 | (TTY) 1-800-325-0778

WASHINGTON ACCESS FUND
Low interest loans for any type of assistive technology device or service, as well as vehicle and home modifications.
TOLL-FREE: 1-877-428-5116 | (TTY) 1-888-494-4778

WASHINGTON ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY ACT PROGRAM (WATAP)
Resources and expertise to obtain the technology and related services needed for employment, education and independent living.
TOLL-FREE: 1-800-214-8731

 

EARLY LEARNING & EDUCATION

EARLY SUPPORT FOR INFANTS & TODDLERS (ESIT)
Located within the Department of Early Learning (DEL), the ESIT program provides services to children birth to age 3 who have disabilities or developmental delays.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ECAP) AND HEAD START
Comprehensive preschool programs that provide free services and support to help ensure all Washington children enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

OFFICE OF THE EDUCATION OMBUDSMAN
Resolves complaints, disputes, and problems between families and Washington State elementary and secondary public schools in all areas that affect student learning. governor.
TOLL-FREE: 1-866-297-2597

SPECIAL EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Assists with the special technology needs of special education students.

WASHINGTON PAVE
Workshops, resources and referral regarding special education.
TOLL-FREE: 1-800-572-7368 (1-800-5-PARENT)

 

ADVOCACY & FAMILY SUPPORT

INFORMING FAMILIES
Up-to-date information about issues, services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities & their families. Features articles by parents, siblings & individuals, an extensive video library, news bulletins, and social media information sharing. A project of the WA State Developmental Disabilities Council.

PARENT TO PARENT (P2P)
Helping Parents (matching parents in one-to-one relationships with trained, experienced parents, based on similar diagnoses and family issues), information & referral, workshops, trainings, support. Local chapters
throughout the state.
TOLL-FREE: 1-800-821-5927

PARENT COALITIONS
14 coalitions throughout the state assist parents, family members, and guardians to advocate for their family members and others who have developmental disabilities.

WA STATE FATHER’S NETWORK
Support for fathers and families of children with special needs. Chapters throughout the state.
1-425-653-4286

THE ARC OF WASHINGTON STATE
Advocates for quality services and necessary funding to meet the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Local chapters provide support, information and referral.
TOLL-FREE: 888-754-8798

PEOPLE FIRST OF WASHINGTON
Statewide self-advocacy organization run by and for individuals with developmental and other disabilities.
TOLL-FREE: 1-800-758-1123

SELF ADVOCATES OF WASHINGTON
Pierce and Kitsap counties. Focus on self-determination and inclusion.
1-253-571-8665

SELF ADVOCATES IN LEADERSHIP (SAIL)
A coalition of people with developmental disabilities shaping public policy.
TOLL-FREE:1-888-754-8798, ext. 102

AUTISTIC SELF ADVOCACY NETWORK (ASAN)
Disability rights organization run by and for autistic adults.

AUTISM SOCIETY OF WA STATE
Information and referral to families.
TOLL-FREE: 1-888-279-4968

FEAT OF WA (FAMILIES FOR EFFECTIVE TREATMENT OF AUTISM)
Information and referral.
1-425-223-5126

WA AUTISM ALLIANCE AND ADVOCACY
Advocating for improved access to
healthcare, education & social services
through the lifespan.

BRAIN INJURY ALLIANCE OF WASHINGTON
Information and referral.
TOLL-FREE: 1-877-982-4292

DOWN SYNDROME COMMUNITY
Support and information for individuals with
Down syndrome and their families.

EPILEPSY FOUNDATION NORTHWEST
Programs and services for people with
epilepsy in the northwest.
TOLL-FREE: 1-800-752-3509

EASTER SEALS SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON
Training, information, and direct service.
206-281-5700

NAMI WA
Advocacy, information and support for individuals
living with mental illness and their families.
1-206-783-4288

SPECIAL OLYMPICS WASHINGTON
Year-round sports training and athletic competition.
1-206-362-4949

WA STATE HANDS & VOICES
Dedicated to supporting families with children
who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing.
1-425-268-7087

 GENERAL DISABILITY RESOURCES

COMMUNITY SERVICES OFFICE (CSO)
Connects people to some of the services provided by the Department of Social & Health
Services (DSHS).
TOLL-FREE: 1-877-501-2233

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES ENDOWMENT TRUST FUND
A special needs (supplemental) trust established in 1999 by the Washington State Legislature as a way for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to prepare and invest for their future.
TOLL-FREE: 1-888-754-8798, ext. 106 | 360-705-9514

DEPT OF SOCIAL & HEALTH SERVICES (DSHS)
The primary state agency through which social and health programs are administered. Agencies within DSHS include: Developmental Disabilities Administration, Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, and the Office of Deaf and
Hard of Hearing.

DEPT OF EARLY LEARNING (DEL)
Oversees programs that provide safe and healthy early care and education opportunities for all children. Programs include: Early Support for Infants & Toddlers (ESIT), Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECAP), and Head Start.
TOLL-FREE: 1-866-482-4325

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION (SSA)
Determines eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as well as other federal benefit programs for seniors and persons with disabilities.
TOLL-FREE: 1-800-772-1213 | (TTY) 1-800-325-0778

UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (UCEDD)
Within the University of Washington Center on Human Development and Disability, UCEDD provides technical assistance, outreach, clinical services, training and information in support of individuals with developmental disabilities.

WASHINGTON STATE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES COUNCIL (DDC)
Information, policy advocacy, and projects to foster better service provision for children and adults
with developmental disabilities and their families.
TOLL-FREE: 1-800-634-4473

WASHINGTON CONNECTION
Find and apply for a variety of services and assistance online.

WA STATE HEALTH CARE AUTHORITY (HCA)
Oversees the state’s Apple Heath (formerly Medicaid) and prescription drug assistance program.



2017

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  • Informing Families is a partnership for better communication, provided by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council in collaboration with the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Administration and other partners throughout the state.