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Advocacy & Family Supports

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Advocacy & Family Support

  • The Accessible Community Advisory Committees (ACAC) Act was promoted by the Legislature to help communities be more welcoming and inclusive for persons with disabilities and to promote and provide equal access to the opportunities available to others.

  • Advocates for quality services and funding to meet the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Local chapters provide support, information and referral. 1-888-754-8798

  • For the first time, in 2019 UCP and the ANCOR Foundation—through its Included. Supported. Empowered. campaign—have joined together to publish a comprehensive set of data for our nation, plus all 50 states and the District of Columbia, to protect the gains we’ve made and identify areas in which more progress is needed.

  • The Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD) at the University of Washington makes important contributions to the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families through a comprehensive array of research, clinical services, training, community outreach, and dissemination activities.

  • The Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds (DD Ombuds) is a private, independent office focused on improving the lives of persons with developmental disabilities in Washington State. Some activities include: Provide information, Investigate complaints, Monitor procedures, Review facilities and residences, Conduct investigations, Recommend changes, Write reports.

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  • FACT Oregon (formerly the Family Action Coalition Team) is a family leadership organization for individuals and their families experiencing disabilities, working collaboratively to facilitate positive change in policies, systems, and attitudes, through family support, advocacy, and partnerships.

  • Support for fathers and families of children with special needs.

  • Up-to-date information about issues, services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities & their families. Features blogs by parents, an extensive video library, news bulletins, and social media information sharing.

  • News and information from Informing Families for those who speak Spanish.

  • Operated by the statewide non-profit WithinReach, ParentHelp123 helps Washington State families find services in their communities and apply for health insurance, food assistance programs and more. The website also provides important health information for pregnant women, children and families.

  • If you live in Washington and are a parent of a child, youth or young adult with a disability and/or special health care needs. If you are a youth or young adult with a disability and/or special health care needs. If you are a military – active duty, retired or veteran – parent, family or youth. We partner with YOU to provide information, resources, training, inclusive events, community referrals, support groups and person centered plans.

  • Statewide self-advocacy organization run by and for individuals with developmental and other disabilities.

  • An information source for families and professionals focused on children and youth with special health needs who have physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions. We provide: information and resources, program evaluation and needs assessment, health education and training.

  • Washington Connection offers a fast and easy way for families and individuals to apply for a variety of services such as Food, Cash, Child Care, Long-Term Care, and Medicare Savings Programs. Individuals that are age 65 or older, blind or disabled may also apply for medical assistance.

  • Topics range from advocacy and resources for specific disabilities to recreation, special education, aging and many others.

  • Information, policy advocacy, and projects to foster better service provision for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

  • Wonder Moms is a project by three moms to share real talk, helpful information, and practical advice with parents of kids who have intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, autism, language and speech delays, deafness, chronic illness, and traumatic brain injury.

Legal Advocacy & Services

  • Washington
  • Legal services for disability rights violations, general information about legal rights, community education and training.

  • Civil legal assistance and representation to low income people in situations affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education, and other basic needs.

  • Provides information about legal issues and where to find legal help for low income individuals.

  • Oregon
  • We focus on empowering Oregonians with disabilities with information and tools that they can use to uphold their civil rights.

  • Get answers to legal questions, sample forms, and information about the courts, lawyers and social service organizations that provide services related to Disability Law.

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