Resources: Organizations

Use this page to link to helpful resources in Washington State and nationally.

  • 4People provides fast, quick, lists of resources and services in each county, for the State of Washington, with printable lists to hand out to those in need.

Advocacy Groups and Resource Links

  • Follow this link to learn more about advocacy, resource and support organizations in Washington State and the nation.

The Arc of Washington State 

  • Since 1936, The Arc of Washington State has been a leader in the development of services and programs for people with developmental disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, epilepsy and related neurological disorders which occur before age 18. The Arc of Washington State is a non-profit organization affiliated with The Arc of the United States and eleven local Arc chapters throughout the state.

Center on Community Living and Careers

  • The mission of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) is to work with communities to welcome, value, and support the meaningful participation of people of all ages and abilities through research, education, and service.

Council for Exceptional Children

  • The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically under-served individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Division on Career Development & Transition

  • The mission of DCDT is to promote national and international efforts to improve the quality of and access to, career/vocational and transition services, increase the participation of education in career development and transition goals and to influence policies affecting career development and transition services for persons with disabilities.

Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

  • The DDD 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.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

  • Each DVR office throughout the state is committed to offering a welcoming environment and providing the information and support necessary for people with disabilities to direct and receive the goods and services in a way that makes the most sense for them. Find liaison information for every county in Washington state: DVR High School Liaisons

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) 

  • DO-IT serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. It promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment.

Healthy & Ready to Work National Resource Center

  • This site focuses on understanding systems, access to quality health care, and increasing the involvement of youth. It also includes provider preparation plus tools and resources needed to make more informed choices!

Job Accommodation Network 

  • The Job Accommodation Network is a service provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy(ODEP).  JAN's mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, people with disabilities, their family members and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, entrepreneurship, and related subjects'

Labor and Industries  

  • The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries regulates the wage, hour and working conditions for all workers in the state. This website is a valuable resource for student research, staff training and parent information.

National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition (NASET)

  • The National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition (NASET) is a national voluntary coalition of more than 40 organizations and advocacy groups representing special education, general education, career and technical education, youth development, multicultural perspectives, and parents.

National Center on Educational Outcomes 

  • The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) provides national leadership in designing and building educational assessments and accountability systems that appropriately monitor educational results for all students, including students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD)   

  • NCWD/Youth is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities. Our partners—experts in disability, education, employment, and workforce development—strive to ensure you will be provided with the highest quality, most relevant information available.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)

NICHCY is a wealth of information on disabilities as a central source of information on:

  • IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education,
  •  No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities),
  •  research-based information on effective educational practices,
  •  disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth.

National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities

  • The National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD) was established in 2004 by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) as part of OSEP’s Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) Network, which supports the implementation of IDEA. NDPC-SD was specifically established to assist in building states’ capacity to increase school completion rates for students with disabilities through knowledge synthesis, technical assistance, and dissemination of interventions and practices that work. NDPC-SD is located at the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) at Clemson University.

National Post-school Outcomes Center

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC)

  • The goal of the NSTTAC isto ensure full implementation of IDEA and help youth with disabilities and their families achieve desired post-school outcomes. NSTTAC assists states to build capacity to support and improve transition planning, services, and outcomes for youth with disabilities and disseminate information and provide technical assistance on scientifically-based research practices.

PACER Center 

  • PACER, a national center, responds to thousands of parents and professionals each year. From California to Minnesota to New York, PACER resources make a difference in the lives of 6.5 million children with disabilities nationwide.


  • PAVE (Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment) is a non-profit organization geared toward parents to provide support, advocacy, training, and informational resources to empower families and individuals with disabilities.

Transition Coalition

  • The Transition Coalition provides online information, support, and professional development on topics related to the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities. Visit the Publications section for materials and presentations.

University of Washington Center for Technology and Disability Studies

  • Technology can increase access to education, community and employment for people with disabilities. The UW Center for Technology and Disability Studies is an interdisciplinary program focusing on research, education, advocacy and informatics related to assistive technology and accessible information systems.

Washington State Needs Projects

  • There are six State Needs Projects in Washington State, CCTS included. Click on the link to view the additional five projects.