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Internet Resources for Children with Special Needs

Organizations and information to support parents of children with special needs.
Resource Name Location Contact
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Washington

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. The NAMI organization operates at the national, state and local level.

Use this website to locate your local NAMI chapter, and to find NAMI support groups that are available online.

24/7 Crisis Line text NAMI to 741741

National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)

Online resources are available 24/7. NDSS Helpline is open Mon – Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm (Eastern Time)

National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. Use this website to learn more about mental health disorders, clinical trails, and statistics related to mental illness in the United States.

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)

NORD, a 501©(3) organization, is a patient advocacy organization dedicated to individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them. Use NORD’s website, and/or patient hotline, to get information about rare diseases, and to connect with other people who have a similar diagnosis.

Mon – Thurs 5:30am – 4:00pm Pacific Time, Fri 5:30 am – 3:00 pm
Si deseas hablar con alguien en espanol por favor llame al (844) 259-7178 para asistencia.

Northwest Access Fund

Northwest Access Fund provides low-interest loans, matched savings accounts, and free financial coaching to help individuals with disabilities obtain the technologies and business equipment needed to live independently and to succeed at school, work, play and in the community.

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.)

PATH International maintains a list of accredited equine centers that serve people with special needs. Search their directory by state, activity and diagnosis. You can also learn more about equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) on their website.

Resources for Low-cost Wheelchairs & Medical Equipement

Seattle Children’s Hospital maintains a list of organizations that provide medical equipment to patients on a loaner basis or a small fee. Click below for more information.

Special Education Technology Center (SETC)

This website offers resources for educators and parents interested in inclusive learning practices that are facilitated by assistive technology.

Spina Bifida Advocates of Washington State

Information & support for anyone affected by Spina Bifida

Starting Point Guide

A Resource Directory for Washington families who have children with ongoing health conditions or special needs