Advocacy and Family Support

Parent to Parent (P2P)

Helping Parents (matching parents in one-to-one relationships with trained, experienced parents, based on similary diagnoses and family issues), information & referral, workshops, trainings, support. Local chapters throughout the state. Visit website | Phone: 800-821-5927

Parent Coalitions

Fourteen coalitions throughout the state assist parents, family members, and guardians to advocate for their family members and others who have developmental disabilities Visit website

Washington State Father’s Network

Support for fathers and families of children with special needs. Chapters throughout the state. Visit website | Phone: 425-653-4286

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. Visit website | Phone: 888-754-8798

People First of Washington

Statewide self-advocacy organization run by and for individuals with developmental and other disabilities. Visit website | Phone: 800-758-1123


Self Advocates in Leadership SAIL

A coalition of people with developmental disabilities shaping public policy. Visit website | Phone: 888-754-8798, ext. 102


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