Special Education Resources

For a more comprehensive list of resources available in Pierce County and Washington State, please contact the Pierce County Parent Coalition for Developmental Disabilities at 253-564-0707 and ask for a free copy of their most current “Resource Guide.”

The Arc of Washington State

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Services and programs for people with developmental disabilities, such as, autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, epilepsy and related neurological disorders that occur before age 18.

  • 2600 Martin Way East, Suite D
  • Olympia, WA 98506
  • 360-357-5596
  • 888-754-8798 (calls from within Washington State only)

Autism Society of Tacoma

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The mission of the Autism Society of Tacoma is to promote lifelong access and opportunity for all individuals within the autism spectrum, and their families, to be fully participating, included members of their community. Education, advocacy, public awareness efforts and the promotions of research form the cornerstone of AST's activities.

  • (253) 759-7995

Child Reach

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Provides free developmental screenings for children ages birth to three.

  • 8811 South Tacoma Way Building 2
  • Lakewood, WA
  • 98499
  • 253-798-3698

Council for Exceptional Children

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International professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities and/or the gifted.

  • 1110 North Glebe Road, Suite 300
  • Arlington, VA 22201
  • 703-620-3660 TTY: 703-264-9446
  • FAX: 703-264-9494

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)

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The national information and referral center provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. NICHCY’s special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22).

  • Box 1492
  • Washington, DC 20013
  • 800-695-00285
  • 202-884-8200

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

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The state agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington.

  • Old Capitol Building
  • PO Box 47200
  • Olympia, WA 98504-7200
  • (360) 725-6000 TTY (360) 664-3631

PAVE, Parents Are Vital in Education

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PAVE, a parent organization providing support, advocacy, training and information resources to empower families and individuals
with disabilities.

  • 6316 South 12th Street
  • Tacoma, WA 98465-1900
  • 253-565-2266
  • 800-572-7368

Puget Sound Education Service District (PSESD)

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PSESD is one of nine educational regional agencies serving school districts and state-approved private schools in Washington State. ESDs function primarily as support agencies and deliver educational services that can be more efficiently or economically performed regionally.

  • Main Office

  • 800 Oakesdale Ave. SW
  • Renton, WA 98057-5221
  • 425-917-7600
  • Fife Satellite Office

  • 3601 20th St.
  • Fife, WA 98424-1704
  • Seattle Switchboard: 425-917-7600
  • Tacoma Switchboard: 253-778-7600
  • WA State Switchboard: 1-800-664-4549
  • TTY: 425-917-7833
  • Fax: 425-917-7777