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Washington - Find State Disability Assistance in Washington State

State Disability Resources for Washington State


Updated February 08, 2010

If your child has a disability, and you do not know where to find help, check out this list of essential resources available in your state. These essential contacts offer the most commonly needed services and can provide you with referrals to other appropriate services as well. If you have difficulty contacting any of these resources, please feel free to email me at: learningdisabilities@aboutguide.com.

Department of Education - Special Education

States' departments of education oversee disability education services to children. It monitors school districts for compliance with IDEA and state special education regulations. The Department of Education handles formal complaints, due process hearings, and mediation on special education issues.

Special Education Operations
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200
Telephone: (360)725-6075
Website: Special Education

Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities

Services to children with disabilities include instruction, speech, physical, and occupational therapies.

Children Ages Birth - 2br> Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program
Division of Developmental Disabilities

Department of Social and Health Services
P.O. Box 45201
Olympia, WA 98504-5201
Telephone: (360) 725-3500
Website: Early Childhood Programs

Children Ages 3 - 5
Special Education Learning Improvement
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200
Telephone: (360) 725-6075
Website: Special Education

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

Vocational rehabilitation helps people with disabilities live independently. The department works with middle schools, high schools, and higher education to help students with disabilities access appropriate supports for employment and independence.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Department of Social and Health Services
P.O. Box 45340
Olympia, WA 98504-5340
Telephone: (360) 725-3610
Toll Free Telephone Voice and TTY: (800) 637-5627
Website: Vocational Rehabilitation

Mental Health Services Agency

State mental health agencies provide services to individuals and families dealing with mental illness, mental retardation, and substance abuse. Services include advocacy, nursing home, screening, psychiatric services, intervention, coordination of treatment, case management, and more.

Mental Health Division
Department of Social and Health Services
P.O. Box 45320
Olympia, WA 98504-5320
Telephone: (360)902-0790
Website: Mental Health Services

Disability Advocacy Services

Protection and advocacy offices offer information and referrals relating to disability issues, a resource database for self-advocacy, education and training in disability rights, and individual case advocacy.

Disability Rights Washington
315 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 850
Seattle, WA 98104
Toll Free Telephone: (800)562-2702
Telephone: (206) 324-1521
Toll Free Telephone TTY:(800) 905-0209
Telephone TTY: (206) 957-0728
Website: Advocacy Services

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