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1.  Children and Family Resources
2.  Early Intervention
3.  Economic Information
4.  Employment Information
5.  General Disability Information
6.  Housing Resources
7.  Legal Rights and Information
8.  National Research Centers
9.  Organizations for Families
10. Special Education
11. Specific Disabilities
12. Technology
13. Videos

1. Children and Family Resources


The Center for Children With Special Needs

Department of Early Learning, Early Support for Infants and Toddlers

Educational Opportunities for Children and Families (EOCF)

Informing families

Informing Families - Bulletins

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development - Autism

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Parent to Parent
Washington state, site and coordinator list

Swindells Resource Center - Programs Overview

Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin at Madison

ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families

2. Early Intervention


Head Start

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities Act Early Resources

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families

3. Economic Information

The Official Web Site of the Social Security Administration

Personal Finance Guide

Prescription Assistance

Social Security Disability Information

4. Employment Information


Employment Law Information Network

Indiana University: Indiana Institute on Disability and Community

Institute on Community Integration

Job Accommodation Network (JAN) 

National Center for Youth with Disabilities

National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)

President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (PCEPD)

University of Montana: Rural Institute

U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy

Washington Initiative for Supported Employment

Washington Small Business Development Centers

Workforce Development Council

5. General Disability Information


The Alliance for Full Participation (AFP)
AFP is a formal partnership of leading organizations serving the developmental disabilities field that share a common vision-to help create a better and more fulfilling quality of life for people with developmental disabilities.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The mission of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is to promote the interests of and provide the highest quality services for professionals in audiology; speech-language pathology; and speech, language, and hearing science, and to advocate for people with communication disabilities.

Americans with Disabilities Act
U.S. Department of Justice Information on the ADA

ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center
The ARCH supports service providers and families through training, technical assistance, evaluation and research.

The Center for An Accessible Society Disability Issues Information
The changing world of developmental disabilities - describes how such disabilities can occur in any family; how society's values and ideas about the conditions are changing; and more.

Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation, University of Washington
CCER mission statement: "The Mission of the Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation is to identify, develop, support and exemplify excellence among rehabilitation practitioners in the Pacific Northwest for the purpose of increasing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities."  CCER offers conferences, workshops, distance education, a graduate program, and a leadership institute.

Center on Human Policy
The Center on Human Policy (CHP) is a Syracuse University based policy, research, and advocacy organization involved in the national movement to insure the rights of people with disabilities.

Council on Quality and Leadership in Supports for People with Disabilities
The Council is an international organization at the forefront of the movement to create opportunities for people with disabilities. We direct our efforts toward promoting quality improvement in services and supports.

David Pitonyak - Imagine's Guide to Transportation

Disability Information
The comprehensive Federal website of disability-related government resources.

Disability Resources

Home Modifications to Promote Independent Living

Home Safety for People with Disabilities

Increasing Physical Activity among Adults with Disabilities

National Council on Disability
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting 54 million Americans with disabilities.

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
Part of the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, NIDRR provides leadership and support for a national and international program of comprehensive and coordinated research on the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities.

National Organization on Disability (NOD)
The National Organization on Disability promotes full and equal participation of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
NICHCY provides parents, professionals, and others with information on issues of concern to children and youth with disabilities and their families, and referrals to other organizations and sources of assistance.

Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health - Portland State University
The Center's activities focus on improving services to families whose children have mental, emotional or behavioral disorders through a set of related research and training programs.

Stay Active with a Disability: Quick Tips

6. Housing Resources


Affordable Community Environments (ACE) Community Development Corporation

Home Ownership Center - Community Housing Resource Center

Housing & Mortgages for People with Disabilities

Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA)

7. Legal Rights and Information


Children's Defense Fund (CDF)

Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Washington Legislature

Washington Parents are Vital in Education (P.A.V.E.)

Washington State Home Page

Wrightslaw - Special education law and advocacy

8. National Research Centers


Center on Human Development and Disability, University of Washington at Seattle

Civitan International Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham

John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development, Vanderbilt University

Children's Hospital Development Disabilities Research Center, Children's Hospital Boston

Shriver Research Center, Waltham, Massachusetts

Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin at Madison

9. Organizations for Families

ARC of Washington

Beach Center on Families and Disabilities

Cornucopia of Disability Information (CODI)

Easter Seals

Family Voices

National and Washington State Fathers Network

PACER Center
The Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) has over 250 documents, articles, FAQ's on the law, employment strategies for people with disabilities

Parents Helping Parents

Special Education Resources on the Internet

TASH - Disability advocacy

Washington - Parents are Vital in Education (P.A.V.E.)

10. Special Education


Council for Exceptional Children
The CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities and the gifted.

Disability Access Information and Support
Courtesy of Jane Jarrow, "one of the foremost researchers in the area of post-secondary education and disability."

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation's Services (OSERS)

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

OSPI Washington Learning: The Gateway to K-12 Education in Washington State

Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI)

Teacher's Guide to U.S. Department of Education

11. Specific Disabilities

Anxiety in adults with an autism spectrum disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

Autism NOW Center

AutismNOW Transition Planning

Autism - Washington State Department of Health

Autism Society of Washington

Autoimmune Disabilities Guide for Moms

Brain Injury Association of WA

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

International Dyslexia Association

Learning Disabilities Association

National Center for Autism Resources & Education

National Down Syndrome Society

National Organization for Rare Disorders

Spina Bifida Association of America (SBAA)

United Cerebral Palsy


12. Technology

Washington Assistive Technology Alliance (WATAP)

13. Videos

A Look Inside Autism

     In my Own Language

Jason McElway: Young man with Autism on the Basketball Court

Steven Wiltshire
Beautiful Minds
Person of the Week

The Gift of Inspiration

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Clark County Community Services: Vanessa R. Gaston, Director
Street address: 1601 East Fourth Plain Boulevard, Bldg 17, Suite A419, Vancouver, WA 98661
Mailing address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-9810
Main phone: (360) 397-2130 | FAX: (360) 397-6028
Community Services Fraud and Abuse Hotline
The Fraud and Abuse Hotline number is (360) 397-8030 and is for the reporting of suspected fraud or abuse related to payment for services. Messages may be left anonymously. To speak directly with the Department Compliance Officer, call (360) 397-2075 ext. 7819.
Responsible Elected Official: Board of County Councilors

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