Autism/Developmental Disabilities Resources in the South Sound and Washington State

Developmental Disabilities Administration – Providing support and fostering partnerships that empower people to live the lives they want through development and implementation of public policies. DDA waiver service overview:

PAVE – Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment  PAVE provides support, training, information and resources to empower and give voice to individuals, youth and families impacted by disabilities.

Pierce County Coalition for Development Disabilities (PC2) Provides information and support to families and individuals who experience developmental disabilities.

​​Military OneSource – Exceptional Family Member Program  strives to help your military family with special needs thrive in military life. EFMP provides resources to support your MilLife journey including special needs consultations and access to a wealth of resources and tools such as EFMP & Me checklists and the Office of Special Needs EFMP podcast series.

South Sound Autism Partnership  is a gathering of individuals, families, providers, and organizations who are part of the Autism community within the South Puget Sound area of Washington State. Our primary purpose is to increase awareness, acceptance, and advocacy of Autism in order to provide support for our community and impact change.

Washington Autism Alliance (WAA) extends access to healthcare, education, and services for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) & related Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in Washington State.

Pierce County Coalition for Development Disabilities (PC2) Provides information and support to families and individuals who experience developmental disabilities.

The Arc of WA Advocacy and resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Autism Support 360 (AS360) Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington have partnered to create the AS360 (Autism Support 360) facility, outreach, and digital navigation platform.  Our focus is helping you navigate ASD – we want to reduce the time needed for assessments, increase your access to great clinical services, and provide the best education, training, and family wellness services.

Disability Rights Washington is a private non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide. Our 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.

Informing families Resource provided by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council, in partnership with the Developmental Disabilities Administration. Offering trusted disability news and information to individuals and families that empowers them to be active participants in planning and building a network of support and opportunities.

The Mighty An online community of over 300,000 autistic voices and the people who support them.


Respite, also known as “short breaks”, is planned or emergency care that provide temporary relief to family caregivers. Getting respite from caregiving tasks is important for a caregiver’s health and well-being, and the person receiving care (often called the care recipient or care receiver) may also benefit with expanded social supports and time to explore new interests.

Washington has a variety of respite options for families looking for an opportunity to receive respite throughout the state and across the lifespan, no matter the condition. The Lifespan Respite Washington website was developed to provide information for family caregivers needing respite.

Lifespan Respite Washington:

Additional Respite Organizations

All Ways Caring Respite Care – our home care is always designed around an individual’s needs in their own living space. From short-term and transitional to life-long complex care, All Ways Caring ensures that individuals can continue to live independently with dignity in familiar surroundings, while receiving expert, compassionate care.

Alta Vista Integrated Life Services provides a wide variety of service to our clients. Including, but not limited to: Traditional Mental Health Counseling, Applied Behavior Analysis, Marriage and Family Therapy, Early childhood education, Early childhood education with behavioral support, Elementary education support, Elementary education support with behavioral support, Social groups, and Respite care. We serve all ages and abilities.

Camp Stand By Me – Week-long and weekend sessions for children (ages 7 and up) and adults who have any disability at our 17-acre accessible camp in Vaughn, WA. Camp operates year-round.

Consumer Direct Washington – CDWA is Washington’s Consumer Directed Employer (CDE.) As the CDE, CDWA is part of the Home Care Workers Purpose Trust. The trust promotes good working conditions, economic security for workers, and worker voice and influence in the home care industry. Please follow the Getting Started instructions to complete the hiring process.

Korean Women’s Association In-Home Care – is committed to providing services that give those with disabilities support to remain as independent as possible.

Lutheran Community Services offers parenting education, child development activities, support groups, resource fairs, community referrals and connections to basic needs like food, clothing, health care, housing and employment. Caring and committed staff represent the communities and cultures they serve. A respite program for military families who have children with special needs is offered in the South Puget Sound district.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

*Disclaimer- this list is not exclusive and may not include all ABA providers in this region.

Behavior Bridges

15406 Meridian Ave. E. Suite 103
Puyallup, WA 98375


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