Children with special needs thrive in structured environments, but need to have fun too. Beyond help from formal medical programs, parents around Seattle can find enormous support sharing their experiences and advice. Here is a listing some organizations helping families connect around Puget Sound. 


Asperger Support Network

This volunteer-run Asperger Support Network provides information, education, resources, and support to families who work with or are affected by Asperger’s Syndrome and related conditions. An excellent springboard for online rearch, the site also features a listing of attorneys with experience in disability law.


Aspergers Northwest

Another online resource and support network for families dealing with Asperger’s Syndrome, this site include a message forum for discussions and links to members’ personal homepages.

Northwest Chapter of CHADD

This Seattle-area volunteer group is part of the Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder network. The group plans regular meetings in Seattle on the first Wednesday of the month from September through July; see the website for local meetings elsewhere around Puget Sound and Washington. Links help families find schools and summer programs, legal help, event listings and more.


(Washington Branch of the International Dyslexia Association)

PO Box 27435
Seattle, WA  98165
(206) 382-1020

This Seattle-based support and education group serves communities in Washington, Idaho, Western Montana and British Columbia. In addition to online information and referral listings for tutors, testing and clinic, the site also posts updates on the Washington- and Oregon-based conferences on dyslexia.



(Partnerships for Action, Voices For Empowerment)

6316 S. 12th St.
Tacoma, WA 98465
(253) 565-2266
PAVE on Facebook

The majority of PAVE staff are parents of children with special needs aimed at helping other families deal with issues for preschoolers and school-age children. In addition to their community inclusion program, they also run the 360 Military Family Center for military families who have children with developmental disabilities.

CHANGES Parent Support Network

P.O. Box 33211
Seattle, WA 98133
(888) 468-2620

CPSN is non-profit organization aimed at helping parents who are experiencing problems with their adolescent children. Their website provides a schedule of parent support groups meeting around the Puget Sound area.

Arc of King County

233 6th Ave. North
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 364-6337

The non-profit group provides one of a large online resource guide for families of children with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, and intellectual disabilities. The chapter is also directly involved in public advocacy in coordination with its state and national-level parent organization.

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SPECIAL Families of Pierce County
Special Families of Pierce County on Facebook

Although the future of the website is in doubt, Angela Fish’s SPECIAL Families of Pierce County continues to serve as an online resource through her blog and a Facebook page. SPECIAL is a networking and support group for families of children with special needs in Pierce County and the south Sound region of Washington. Regular meetings are typically held the first Monday of each month; see the Facebook page for specific details.

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The Inclusion Meetup Group

This Kent-based meeting of parents focus on supporting activities which brings families, care providers and special needs children together while integrated into public life. See the Meetup membership board for scheduled activities.

Pope’s Kids Place

230 Washington Way
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-9147

Pope’s Kids Place aims to help parents find comprehensive services for children with special needs in Lewis County, about two hours south of Seattle. Pediatrician Dr. Isaac Pope’s website features more information about the group’s pediatric clinic, a day treatment and respite center for children and families, a dynamic dental program, and an outreach program.