Statewide Resources


Education and Support

  • American Academy of Pediatrics - Washington Chapter
    Education and advocacy for children and young people.
  • Arc of Washington
    Strives to improve support and service systems; influence public policy; increase public awareness; and inspire inclusive communities.
  • Autism Outreach Project
    Provides information, dissemination of demographic data, referrals, and training on best practices in identification and program development for students with autism spectrum disorders to Washington families, schools, and agencies.
  • Autism Society of Washington
    Promotes opportunities for individuals to be fully included, participating members of their communities through support to families, advocacy, public awareness, education, and dissemination of current research elated to autism.
  • Autism Speaks
    Raises public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society.
  • Center for Children with Special Needs - Seattle Children's Hospital
    Provides information to families and professionals focusing on children who have chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions such as asthma, cancer, autism, or cerebral palsy.
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs Coordinators
    Local health departments contract with this program to provide activities linking families of children with special health care needs to appropriate programs and services, such as information about medical coverage options and sources of financial support, including Social Security.

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Good Reading

  • Report to the 2007 Legislature on recommendations and how to best prevent, identify, treat, and accommodate the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
  • Public Lending Library- Free
    Contains over 1,100 books, videos, DVDs, and curriculum materials spanning the autism spectrum and is free to all parents, professionals, educators, and other interested individuals in Washington State.
  • Screening for Developmental Delay (PDF)
    Developmental screenings, performed by a trained clinician, identify developmental delays in children, allowing intervention at the earliest age possible. Learn more about the importance of developmental screenings in assessing all areas of child development to identify a specific disorder, such as autism.
  • Easter Seals of Washington
    Helping children, youth and young adults with physical disabilities achieve their full individual potential and future independence.
  • Educational Service Districts
    For children age three years and older, the local school district will assist with helping special needs children have the best academic experience possible.
  • Fathers Network
    Supports fathers and families raising children with special health care needs and developmental disabilities.
  • Medical Home
    Information, tools, and resources that support a medical home for children and youth with special health care needs and their families.
  • Parent to Parent
    Emotional support and information to families of children with special needs and/or disabilities.
  • Parent Help 123
    Connecting you and your family to food and health resources.
  • PAVE
    Parent directed organization that works with families, individuals with disabilities, professionals and community members in all walks of life and with all types of disabilities.
  • Washington Autism Advocacy
    Grassroots statewide coalition of families with children affected by autism spectrum disorders striving to create positive change through advocacy and legislation.

State Agencies

Department of Early Learning

Department of Social and Health Services

Training Opportunities

  • Autism Outreach Project
    Local, regional, and statewide workshops for educators, early childhood providers, parents, and community members to learn new information, network, and share resources, advice, and support.
  • Office of the Education Ombuds
    Provides workshops and training opportunities for families, community members, and educators across the state about conflict resolution strategies, culturally relevant ways to involve families and communities in school, student and families' education-related rights, and more.
  • University of Washington Autism Center
    Increase the Puget Sound area's capacity to serve children with autism by providing high-quality training to community professionals and to graduate and postdoctoral students.

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