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Check out the resources below to learn about groups directly involved in creating a just and equitable experience for persons with disabilities. Visit Resources (insert link to People Resources page) to explore resources for self-education and personal development.
Many agencies and organizations in Washington state work to address the unique needs associated with different disabilities, including but not limited to physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, and mental illness. Others focus on issues such as access to housing and legal assistance based on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Information provided on in this section may not be comprehensive.1
Washington State Business Resource Groups
- Governors Committee on Disability Issues and Employment
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- Washington State Human Rights Commission
- Governor’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee
Disability-Related Associations and Organizations
- Administration for Community Living
- Hearing Loss Association of Washington
- Learning Disabilities Association of Washington
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Partnerships for Action, Voices and Empowerment
- Washington State Association of the Deaf
- Washington State Coalition Disabilities/ Disability Advocacy Project
- Washington State Independent Living Council
- Washington State Resources for Parents of Children and Youth with Disabilities
Aging and Disability Resource Centers
Statewide Independent Living Council
The Statewide Independent Living Council helps remove barriers to independent living for people with disabilities and works to increase necessary supports and services. It is part of the National Council on Independent Living .
Other State and Non-Profit Agencies
These agencies provide help for people with disabilities and their families and caregivers. Disability services are often free or low-cost.
- Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
- Washington Disability Support
- Access Washington
- Washington State Department of Health
- Community Living Connections
- Washington Children's Administration
- Civil Rights Resource Guide (Office of the Attorney General)
Regional Americans with Disabilities Act Center
Provides information, training, and guidance on disability access and Illinois disability services. One of 10 regional centers in the ADA National Network.
Developmental Disabilities Services
These agencies and organizations support and address the specific needs of people with developmental disabilities. They advocate for community inclusion and access to Washington disability services.
- Developmental Disabilities Administration
- Developmental Disabilities Council
- Development Disabilities Ombuds
- Home and Community-Based Services Waivers (information from The Arc of Washington State)
- Home and Community-Based Services Waivers (information from the Developmental Disabilities Administration)
- Informing Families
- People First of Washington
- Self Advocates in Leadership
- The Arc of Washington State
- Washington Disability Support
- Washington State Life Opportunities Trust
- GoWise - Washington Initiative for Supported Employment
- Washington Assistive Technology Act Program
- Washington Access Fund
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Helen Keller