Service Organizations

These organization will provide specific services for students and families.

Advocacy Groups and Resource Links
Follow this link to learn more about advocacy, resource, and support organizations in Washington State and the nation.

Alliance of People with disAbilities
This link provides information pertaining to housing, utilities, transportation, communication, recreation, and access to health and social services in Seattle and Bellevue.

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.

Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)
The DDA 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.