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Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)
Region 1 Rep, Lorna Morris
(509) 329-2900
[email protected]

Disability Determination Services (DDS)
The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. Determine eligibility for social security disability insurance (SSDI), supplemental security income (SSI), and non-grant medical assistance (NGMA).

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
DVR provides people with disabilities the tools, supports, and services required to achieve successful employment, which hopefully results in a greater quality of life for people. With offices located throughout Washington State, DVR has been a community partner for more than 80 years.

Integrated Learning Strategies Learning Corner
The foundational goal and objective of Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) is to proactively engage children and adults in academic research-based programs that offer a holistic approach to the overall success of the student's educational, emotional, and social well-being. ILS uses alternative and innovative methods that produce results in academic achievement while differing from regular tutoring services and educational curriculum. 

Lives in the Balance
Lives in the Balance has always been the hub of Dr. Ross Greene's Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) model. Whether you're a parent, educator, clinician, or staff member in a therapeutic facility, this section contains vast free resources to help you learn and use the CPS model.

Northeast Washington ESD
NEWESD 101 is responsible for the seven northeastern counties of the state, providing cooperative services in Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman counties. NEWESD 101 is the state's largest ESD in the number of districts served, counties served and geographic region served.

Northwest Autism Center
Northwest Autism Center serves the Inland Northwest, providing updated information and individualized support to families experiencing the lifelong journey of autism spectrum disorder. Relevant information is compiled from local, state, and national resources addressing issues including diagnosis, adolescent/adult transitions, special education services, news stories, and current research. Information on local events is regularly shared with our ever-growing database of over 3,900 families. Family and adult consultation are offered via telehealth, in-person, or by phone.

OSPI Common Core Standards
Basic education in Washington state is defined by the Legislature (RCW 28A.150.210). As required by state law, OSPI develops the state's learning standards (RCW 28A.655.070) and oversees the assessment of the learning standards for state and federal accountability purposes. Learning standards define what all students need to know and be able to do at each grade level.

Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment (PAVE)

PAVE provides support, training, information and resources to empower and give voice to individuals, youth and families impacted by disabilities.

PBIS Network
In the late 1990s, a small group of professionals in Lane County, OR recognized the need for PBIS to reach ALL students in ALL schools. This groups of champions began the early work in building school, district, state and regional capacity for effective behavior support in schools. What started as a humble effort by dedicated educators contributed, and enriched a movement nationwide.

Social Thinking
Our teachings help people understand themselves and others to better navigate the social world, foster relationships, and improve their performance at school, at home, and at work. Our unique tools break down complex social concepts (like perspective taking) into understandable and doable parts that can be applied in any setting. For over 20 years our experts have been a guiding resource for schools, clinics, and families around the world, and our teachings continually evolve based on the latest research and clinical insights. Whether you're helping individuals with ADHD, autism spectrum levels 1 or 2, social communication disorders, or an entire class of typically-developing students—our strategies can help you help them.

The Arc of Spokane
The Arc of Spokane is a chapter of The Arc of Washington and The Arc of the United States. Over 600 chapters across the country are on the front lines to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the support and services they need to be fully engaged in their communities.

Think Kids
Think: Kids offers a variety of clinical services, support and resources. Make an appointment in our clinic or locate certified providers, programs and support groups in your area. And help us spread the word as a mentor, volunteer or supporter.

Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) fulfills the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requirements, which ensures all children with disabilities have access to a free appropriate public education.