Local (Washington) Resources

Spark Central (Kendall Yards – Spokane): Here you will find various community classes (art, music, etc.) for folks of all abilities

The Arc of King County: Even though they are based out of King County, they offer many amazing virtual workshops, support groups and resources that are available to a much wider audience

Developmental Disabilities Administration – DDA has many different services and programs including personal care, respite, employment, residential supports, and much more.

Spokane City Therapeutic Recreation: Spokane city parks and recreation department has a great selection of events and classes for folks with developmental disabilities. “Therapeutic Recreation Services strives to provide enjoyable specialized and adaptive recreational activities for individuals with disabilities. Our purpose is to create positive experiences that develop appropriate leisure and social skills in our participants. By developing these skills participants can become increasingly self-confident, courageous, and independent. We want our customers to feel right at home and to make new friends with staff and other participants.”

Every Student Counts: “Every Student Counts Alliance was formed to address the reality that Spokane School District students of color with disabilities are disciplined at much higher rates than general education and non-minority students. Members of the community-wide coalition include the American Civil Liberties Union, Arc of Spokane, Spokane Juvenile Public Defenders, TeamChild, Northwest Justice Project, the National Association for Advancement of Colored People and Disability Rights Washington. The coalition also includes parents of students with disabilities and of color, and has supported students who have been affected by disproportionate discipline to contribute and speak at coalition meetings.”

TeamChild Spokane They provide legal help, advocacy and work for policy change. “TeamChild believes that young people will thrive when they are surrounded by people who care about them and can access targeted services that support them. We fight for effective solutions – community-driven strategies that nurture and develop the health and wellbeing of young people, instead of exclusion and incarceration. Achieving our vision requires a bold goal of eliminating the use of youth incarceration across Washington State.”

Sound Options Group Sound Options Group provides free mediation advice via phone for folks getting ready for mediation with their schools

Washington State Parks ADA Map Washington state parks has created a map that allows one to search all Washington state parks based on desired ADA features

PAVE (Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment) PAVE’s Mission is to be a parent organization dedicated to providing support, advocacy, training, ad informational resources to empower families and individuals with disabilities.

Disability Action Center NW (Youth) The Spokane Youth program assists individuals between the ages of 14-21 with disabilities to locate and connect with local resources to help with transitioning towards adulthood. “As an organization run by people with disabilities for people with disabilities, DAC provides peer counseling, support, and mentoring. The best advice often comes from those who have already experienced it.”