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6 to 14 (School Years)

  • Once your child is established in elementary school, it’s important to start planning for the changes and challenges that lie ahead as your child transitions to middle school, high school and beyond. Understanding the educational and service systems will be important, but equally important is getting connected to other families and broader local community supports.

  • Watch this 30 minute video overview with 17 local agency representatives. Available in English & Spanish.

  • Puberty can be a stressful and confusing time, especially for you and your son with an Intellectual
    and/or Developmental Disability (I/DD). This could help.

  • In spite of delays in other areas, children with I/DD usually enter puberty around the same time as other children their age.

  • Downloadable forms and assembly suggestions to help you organize important information about your child (medicines, therapies, treatments, health history, contact information, resources, and emergency information).

  • Information on IEPs, resources, services, checklist to prepare for transition, advocacy, education, and much more.

  • A self-directed questionnaire for every stage of life. For ages 6-13: "I am ready to take on responsibilities that will help me later in life, and that includes having choices and making decisions, even if it means I will make mistakes. Let’s work together to plan a future that builds on my abilities and interests at school, in the community and at home. As I get older, please include me in answering the questions."

  • OEO (Office of Education Ombuds) works with families, communities, and schools to navigate educational challenges and increase collaborative problem-solving so that every student can fully participate in and benefit from public K-12 education in Washington.