Children and Youth
How to File a Complaint Against Child Protective Services (CPS) Because of Disability-Based DiscriminationExplore ways a person may file a disability discrimination complaint against Child Protective Services (CPS).
Making My Own DecisionsDevelop your decision making ability.
Portrait of the Whole PersonPortrait of the Whole Person is a curriculum for elementary school students designed to teach students how disability rights fit into the broader civil rights movement, to perceive disability as a reflection of societal views of differences, and to treat people with disabilities with respect and dignity.
Special Education ResourcesA list of organizations providing information, dispute resolution, legal and other services to people with disabilities who use public special education services.
Transferring Special Education Rights from Parents to StudentsLearn about transferring special education rights from parents to students in Washington.
Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy
The Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy is an organization that helps families across the state of Washington to access both health and education support for children, youth and adults with Autism and Developmental Disabilities.
Center for Change in Transition Services
This project, funded by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and housed at Seattle University, provides statewide professional development, technical assistance, consultation, and training for students, parents, and educators to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.
Resources for Parents of Children with Special Health Care Needs
This publication of the Washington State Department of Health, Seattle Children’s, Within Reach, and the Center for Children with Special Needs, is a compressive directory of resources for Washington State families who have children with disabilities. Some of the listed resources include: child and respite care, family support, medical supplies and equipment, and transportation.
Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education released guidance to assist the public in understanding how the Department interprets and enforces federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities, including: a parent and educator resource guide; a Dear Colleague letter (DCL) and question and answer document on the use of restraint and seclusion in public schools; and a DCL and question and answer documents on the rights of students with disabilities in public charter schools.
Department of Services for the Blind (DSB)
The Washington State Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) provides services for Washington residents who are blind or have visual impairments. Services may include job counseling, assistive technology, school-to-work transition, and more. Visit the DSB website for more information and to request services online.
Northwest Justice Project, CLEAR Hotline
CLEAR is the statewide intake line for free and low-cost civil legal aid in Washington. Individuals with low incomes and legal issues may receive legal resources, information, and referrals to legal services providers in their geographic area. In King County, individuals may access these services by calling 2-1-1. Otherwise, individuals may reach CLEAR by calling 1 (888) 201-1014 or use the online intake form on the website. Seniors (people age 60 and over) can access intake by calling CLEAR*Sr at 1 (888) 387-7111. Veterans may dial 1 (855) 657-8387.
Washington LawHelp is the online legal information source maintained by Northwest Justice Project, Washington’s legal aid program for low income persons.
Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe)
Washington’s Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe) is intended to provide comprehensive behavioral health services and supports to Medicaid eligible youth, up to 21 years of age, with complex behavioral health needs to help keep them safe in their own homes and communities.
TeamChild: Make a Difference in a Child’s Life
TeamChild in partnership with several other community organizations, produced “Make a Difference in a Child’s Life,” a self-help advocacy manual about education. The manual can be downloaded and printed in whole, or chapter by chapter.
The 411 on Disability Disclosure
The National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability provides a workbook titled, “The 411 on Disability Disclosure,” designed for youth with disabilities and adults working with them to learn about disability disclosure. This workbook is aimed at helping young people make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact their education, employment, and social lives. Based on the premise that disclosure is a very personal decision, the workbook helps young people think about and practice disclosing their disability.