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Washington State Resources and Articles

This list only contains a small number of resources available to you.

Early Intervention Programs

Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT)


Provides early intervention services, including Family Resources Coordination, from eligible children from birth to age 3 and their families.  ESIT part of the Department of Early Learning, implements the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C in WA. State.

Washington State Department of Health (EHDDI)


The Early Hearing-loss Detection, Diagnosis and Intervention (EHDDI) Program is part of the Washington State department of Health.  The main goals of the EHDDI program are to ensure that all infants born in the state of Washington are screened for hearing loss before hospital discharge or by one month of age, that they receive diagnostic audiological assessment by three months of age if needed, and that they are enrolled in early intervention services by six months of age or earlier, if the infant is found to have a hearing loss.


HOPE School

HOPE School in Spokane is a private, non-profit preschool program for children with hearing loss focusing on optimizing the acquisition of listening, learning and speaking skills. "Building Bright Futures for Children with Hearing Loss."

Listen and Talk

Listen and Talk is a private, not-for-profit, educational program devoted to working with parents who want to teach their children with all degrees of hearing loss to listen and speak.

The MOOSE Project

The MOOSE Project stands for the Magic Of Oral and Signing Education. 

Our mission is to provide quality education, support, and resources through the use of both sign language and spoken word, total communication, to not only those affected by hearing loss, but all children, families, and our community. 

Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children


– We provide a complete academic program for deaf and hard of hearing children, while also focusing on improving their listening and communication skills. Regular school subjects, such as math, reading, social studies, science, health, music, art, spelling, printing, and writing are taught. In addition, training specifically needed by deaf and hard of hearing children is provided in the areas of: English Development, Listening Skills, Speech Development, Vocabulary Building and Social Skills and Self Advocacy


 The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction leads, supports, and oversees K-12 education, ensuring the success of all learners.

Washington School for the Deaf (WSD)

Washington School for the Deaf provides instructional services, partnering with parents and other agencies for systemic, integrated services to improve learning outcomes regardless of where the student attends school.

Washington Sensory Disabilities Services

 Support the developmental and learning needs of children aged birth to 21 who are deaf or hard of hearing, are blind or visually impaired, or have a combined hearing loss and visual impairment.

Educational Advocacy

IDEA The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. IDEA in Spanish

Office of Educational Ombudsman- WA. State


 The Office of the Education Ombudsman (OEO) is an agency within the Governor's office that helps resolve problems and disputes between families and educators, promotes family and community involvement in Public Schools, collects data and makes recommendations to public school officials.

PAVE- Washington PAVE is a parent directed organization that works with families, individuals with disabilities, professionals and community members in all walks of life with all types of disabilities.

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Washington State Common Core and educational standards.  This is a comprehensive list the comon core curricumlum schools in Washington State follow.  Students of all abilities are required to recieve this instruction.

Family Support


Washington Sate Father's Network

We do our work by connecting fathers of children, of all ages, who have special needs with each other and with resources, information and education to asist them as they become more competent and compassionate caregivers for their children.

Informing Families

Informing Families is a resource provided by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council, in collaboration with the Developmental Disabilities Administration and other partners throughout the state. We offer trusted news and information to individuals and families that empowers them to be active participants in planning and building a network of support and opportunities.


Guide By Your Side

Providing unbiased, emotional support and resources by trained Parent Guides to families with children with hearing loss.



Parent to Parent Program of Washington State

Personal support from another parent, who has a child with similar needs, can be helpful in coping with new challenging expereinces and feelings. Helping Parents (volunteer peer mentors) are available to provide support and information.

State Resources

Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing  DSHS


ODHH provides services to the deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind communities throughout WA. State.  

 Social Security and Disability Resource Center- Provides a detailed overview of how the federal disability system works (social security disability and SSI) and also provides answers to many questions that applicants typically have, but often have trouble finding answers to. The site is based on the author's personal experience as a former disability-Medicaid caseworker and as a former disability examiner for the social security administration.



Grants to help pay for medical costs:


Seattle Children’s Hospital – Children's serves as the pediatric referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho and provides excellent patient care with compassion and respect, and conducts cutting-edge pediatric research.

Dogs for the Deaf


 Rescuing and professionally training dogs to assist people and enhance their lives, maintaining a lifelong commitment to all dogs we rescue and all teams we serve.

Harris Communications

                      The One-stop Source for Products for Deaf and

                       Hard of Hearing People.

Hearing Speech and Deafness Center (HSDC)

The Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center strengthens community by promoting effective communication.

The Center for Children with Special Needs:


The Center focuses on improving systems of care for children with special needs through education, research and evaluation.

Shared Reading Video Outreach Project


The program makes use of an educational telecommunications system called the K-20 Network, that provides both internet access and live interactive videoconferencing capability to more than 300 school districts, colleges and universities across the state of Washington.


 Summit Assistance Dogs 

Summit Assistance Dogs is a nonprofit organization that provides highly-skilled hearing dogs for people with disabilities.

ASL Stories

Find websites that offer many traditional and new stories in ASL

The California School for the Deaf on YouTube



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