education resources

Education Disputes:

The U.S. Department Office for Civil Rights 
- Education Ombuds
- OSPI Special Education
- OSPI Equity and Civil Rights Office
- OSPI Bullying & Harassment
- OSPI Homeless Students (McKinney-Vento)
- OSPI Citizen Complaint

Resources for King County and Washington State residents: 

Government Resources

- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) - U.S. Department of Education website for IDEA. 
- Department of Early Learning: Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program - Early intervention services during the first three years can make a big difference in a child’s life. The Department of Early Learning's (DEL) Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) program provides services to children birth to age 3 who have disabilities or developmental delays. Eligible infants and toddlers and their families are entitled to individualized, quality early intervention services in accordance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C.
- OSPI Early Childhood Services (3 - 5 years) - technical assistance resources for special education staff, administrators, and families of preschool children who receive special education services. The resources are organized according to the three federal early childhood indicators of the State Performance Plan.
- DSHS Division of Vocational Rehabilitation - Helping individuals with disabilities to participate fully in their communities and become employed is our purpose and passion. 
- DSHS Developmental Disabilities Administration - striving to develop and implement public policies that will promote individual worth, self-respect, and dignity such that each individual is valued as a contributing member of the community.
- Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs - The program promotes an integrated system of services for infants, children and youth up to age 18 years who have or are at risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions and require health and related services of a type or amount beyond what is generally needed.
- Programs for Children Who are Blind or Visually Impaired - Evidence shows that people who have had work experience prior to entering the labor market have a higher likelihood of defining their vocational goals and securing employment. DSB programs provide hands-on experiences, building strong foundations for our youth.
- Programs for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Nonprofit Organizations

- Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy - WAAA's mission is to ensure that all children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s) & other developmental disabilities (DD’s) have every opportunity to thrive and become productive members of society. They do this by helping families access ASD & DD health insurance benefits, effective services in schools, and supportive community-based services, regardless of their personal financial situation.
- The Arc of Washington State - The Arc of Washington State’s mission is to advocate for the rights and full participation of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Along with the Arc's 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.
- TeamChild - TeamChild uses its legal expertise and community partnerships to break down barriers to community services in order to overcome the root causes of a youth’s involvement in the juvenile justice system.
- Washington Chapter Directory for Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) - CHADD has three current priority objectives: (1) to serve as a clearinghouse for evidence-based information on ADHD, (2) to serve as a local face-to-face family support group for families and individuals affected by ADHD, and (3) to serve as an advocate for appropriate public policies and public recognition in response to needs faced by families and individuals with ADHD.
- Learning Disabilities Association of Washington (LDA WA) - Learning Disabilities Association of Washington promotes and provides service and support to improve the quality of life for individuals and families affected by learning and attentional disabilities. LDA WA envisions a world in which: (1) all individuals with learning disabilities are empowered to thrive and participate fully in society; (2) the incidence of learning disabilities is reduced; and (3) learning disabilities are universally understood and effectively addressed. LDA WA respects and honors the diversity of our community and are committed to weaving that diversity into our programs, actions, and results.
- Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment (PAVE) - PAVE, a parent organization, works to advance its mission by providing support, advocacy, training and informational resources to empower individuals with disabilities and their families. The impact they seek is to improve the quality of life and advocacy skills of families and individuals with disabilities. By serving parents/caregivers, families/relatives, individuals with disabilities and/or special needs and professionals in Washington State through a range of programs and services and internationally through STOMP, the Specialized Training of Military Parents.
- Columbia Legal Services - The Children & Youth Project works to improve the lives of children and youth who are low-income, at-risk, homeless, or in foster care, through community education, research, policy advocacy, and litigation.
- Disability Rights Washington - Disability Rights Washington's mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights. Disability Rights Washington envisions a society where all people are treated with equality, dignity and respect for their expressed choices, and who have equal opportunities to participate in a society where abilities, rather than disabilities, are recognized.
- Washington Sensory Disability Services (WSDS) - We’re here to support the developmental and learning needs of children aged birth to 21 who: (1) are deaf or hard of hearing, (2) are blind or visually impaired (3) have a combined hearing loss and visual impairment.
- Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP) - WATAP's staff is nationally recognized for their expertise and leadership in the areas of assistive technology, accessibility of IT and other disability related research and study.
- Brain Injury Association of Washington - Dedicated to increasing public awareness, support, and hope for those affected by brain injury. 
Washington Speech-Language-Hearing Association (WSLHA) - WSLHA is an organization which promotes professional excellence in speech-language pathology and audiology. The mission of WSLHA is to act as the primary resource and advocate for its members and those they serve through legislation, continuing education, collaboration, professional endeavors and publications.