Special Education Links and Resources

Special Education Resources

Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI) 

Special Education Family Liaison: (360) 725-6075 or email: speced@k12.wa.us

ARC of Washington

The Arc of Washington state's mission is to advocate for the rights and full participation of all people with developmental disabilities. Along with its network of members and chapters, it supports and empowers individuals and families; connects and informs individuals and families; improves support and service systems; influences public policy; increases public awareness; and inspires inclusive communities. https://www.arcwa.org/

The Arc of WA and local chapters throughout the state (See their Parent-to-Parent, P2P program)

CADRE The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education

CADRE's major emphasis is on encouraging the use of mediation, facilitation, and other collaborative processes as strategies for resolving disagreements between parents and schools about children's educational programs and support services. CADRE supports parents, educators, administrators, attorneys and advocates to benefit from the full continuum of dispute resolution options that can prevent and resolve conflict and ultimately lead to informed partnerships that focus on results for children and youth.  The CADRE website contains a variety of information and resources in English, Spanish and several other languages. https://www.cadreworks.org/

Center for Parent Information and Resources (i.e., the Parent Center Hub)

The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities. The CPIR makes a variety of information and resources for parents available in English and in Spanish (lista alfabética organizada por Tema de Discapacidad en español). https://www.parentcenterhub.org/

District-level Special Education PTSAs

In several districts around the state, groups of concerned parents and educators have convened and founded Special Needs PTSAs to serve students with disabilities, their families and educators. These have been founded as non-traditional Parent-Teacher-Student organizations that are not school-based but instead have members throughout a district or region. Many district or regional Special Needs PTSAs are affiliated with the Washington State PTA and National PTA.

*If you are aware of a Special Education/Special Needs PTSA in your area that's not on this list, please let us know. Thank you.

Easter Seals

Easter Seals Washington provides exceptional services to ensure that people with disabilities and families in need have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play. http://wa.easterseals.com

ILRU Directory of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and Associations

Open Doors for Multicultural Families

Open Doors for Multicultural Families is a Community Parent Resource Center that offers support and training to parents of children with disabilities, serving families located in South King County. The mission of Open Doors is to ensure that diverse fam­i­lies who have fam­ily mem­bers with devel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties and spe­cial health care needs have equal access to cul­tur­ally and lin­guis­ti­cally appro­pri­ate infor­ma­tion, resources, and ser­vices.  They pro­mote cul­tur­ally com­pe­tent ser­vices through com­mu­nity col­lab­o­ra­tion, train­ing and part­ner­ships. https://www.multiculturalfamilies.org/

Special Education Advocates League SEAL


Special Education Support Center (WEA)

The WEA Special Education Support Center provides training for educators, parents, and service organizations. We collaborate with numerous organizations to assure effective support for students with disabilities.  http://specialeducationsupportcenter.org/resources/resources-families/

Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy


Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council


Washington PAVE

Washington PAVE, a parent-directed organization, is a Parent Training and Information Center that works with families, individuals with disabilities, professionals and community members in all walks of life and with all types of disabilities. Since 1979, PAVE has provided information, training and support for more than 1 million individuals with disabilities, parents and professionals. https://wapave.org/