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Help Resources For Pierce County

The following is a list of resources that offer teaching material and assistance to parents of children with special needs in Pierce County.

Assistance to Parents of Children with Special Needs.
  2. IntelliTools
  3. Love And Learning
  4. Mayer-Johnson, Inc.
  5. Slater Software, Inc.
  6. Smart Crosswords
  7. Super Duper Publications
Organizations that offer assistance for children with disabilities.
  1. Autism Society of Washington
    • P.O. Box 111624
      Tacoma, WA 98411-1624
    • Toll free phone: 888-ASW-4-YOU (888-279-4968)
    • Local number for Pierce County: (253) 572-5203
    • Email:
    • The Autism Society of Washington promotes the active and informed involvement of family members and the individual with Autism in the planning of individualized, appropriate services and supports.
    • Listserve Newsletter: This is a newsletter that is sent once or twice a week in regards to autism about upcoming conferences and workshops, as well as news articles and support group info. To join, please contact:

  2. Childfind
    • Educational Service Center
      516 176th Street East
      Spanaway, WA 98387-8399
    • Phone: 253-683-6927
    • E-mail: For general questions and comments please contact Mark Wenzel, communications director, at:
    • Childfind screenings will be available throughout the year through Special Education program. If you have a child between the ages of Birth to 21, and are concerned about his/her language/communication skills, motor skills, intellectual, social, emotional and/or physical skills, screening is available to residents of Bethel School District. Please call 253-683-6927 for further information or to schedule an appointment.

  3. Companionship
    • Parks and Recreation Administration Office
      9112 Lakewood Drive SW #121
      Lakewood, WA 98499
    • Phone: 253-798-4176 or 253-798-4177
    • For more information contact Program Coordinator: Nancy Bellerud (253) 841-4936 or Email:
    • This program is designed to provide recreation and leisure opportunities for individuals with special needs and their friends and families. Examples of some of these activities include: putt putt golf, dances, swimming, family play nights, bingo, baseball games, ice skating, swimming parties, craft nights, visiting the circus, bowling and going to the movies.

  4. Community Alternatives for People with Autism (CAPA)
    • 215 South 36th Street
      Tacoma WA 98418.
    • Phone: 253-536-2339
    • Email:
    • Works with communities to provide access to responsive services that respect individual's culture, rights, and choices resulting in health, safety and quality of life.
    • Additional contact phone numbers: 253-798-6109 or

  5. Community Inclusion Program (CIP) PAVE
    • Tacoma (MAIN) Office
      6316 So. 12th St.
      Tacoma, WA 98465
    • Phone: 253-565-2266 or 1-800-5-PARENT
    • E-mail:
    • Empowers families to identify community activities, resources, and support persons for their family members with developmental disabilities in Pierce County.

  6. Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)
    • Information System Services Division
      PO Box 45890
      Olympia, WA 98504-5895
    • Phone: 253-593-2812
    • Email: (Central Office)
    • Mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of people eligible for services, through offering quality supports and services that are: individual/family driven; stable and flexible; satisfying to the person and their family; and able to meet individual needs. Supports and services are offered in ways that ensure people have the necessary information to make decisions about their options and provide optimum opportunities for success.

  7. Equest Special Riders Program
    • 10423 Ainsworth Ave S
      Tacoma, WA 98444-2936
    • Phone: 253-531-8019
    • Email:
    • Offers therapeutic and recreational horseback riding to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Conditions: Developmental Disabilities. Languages: English. Finance notes: Sliding scale, Low fee, financial aid available

  8. Fairfax County Public Schools - Office of Special Education

    • is a comprehensive directory of summer camps, winter camps, and spring break camps, including Special Needs camps.

  10. NW EquiCARE (therapeutic horseback riding)
    • PO Box 927
      Eatonville, WA 98328
    • Phone: 360-832-6386
    • Not-for-profit charity based in Eatonville, WA. Founded in 1992 by Wendy Rude, is dedicated to providing equine therapeutic horseback riding for adults and children with a variety of disabilities.

  11. Mary Bridge Children's Hospital/Pediatric Psychology
    • Mary Bridge Children's Hospital/Pediatric Psychology
      1220 Division Ave
      Tacoma, WA. 98415
      Phone: 253-403-1465
    • Email:
    • Focused on pediatric healthcare as an integrated delivery system, including both primary and tertiary care.

  12. Paratransit Services
    • 4810 Auto Center Way, Ste. Z,
      Bremerton, WA 98312
    • Phone: 1-800-925-5438
    • Email: Contact Form
    • A private, nonprofit transportation company, specializing in transportation call center management and public transit operations. Provides high-quality, accessible transportation services since 1980 to those who need it the most—persons who are elderly or disabled or who live in rural areas without personal means of transportation.

  13. Parent to Parent PAVE
    • Washington PAVE
      Parent-to-Parent Pierce County
      6316 So. 12th St.
      Tacoma, WA 98465
    • Phone: 253-565-2266 or 1-800-5-PARENT
    • Email:
    • Provides emotional support and information for parents when they learn that their child has a disability or chronic health need.

  14. Parents Are Vital in Education PAVE
    • Washington PAVE
      Parent-to-Parent Pierce County
      6316 So. 12th St.
      Tacoma, WA 98465
    • Phone: 253-565-2266 or 1-800-5-PARENT
    • Email:
    • Washington PAVE, a parent-directed organization, exists to increase independence, empowerment, and future opportunities for consumers with special needs, their families and communities, through training, information, referral and support.

  15. Pierce County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board
    • 215 So. 36th St.
      Tacoma, WA. 98418
    • Phone: 253-588-5430
    • 253-798-6109 or 1-800-642-5769
    • E-mail:
    • Assists and advises Pierce County Human Services on services to individuals with developmental disabilities, the development of the Biennial Plan, agency operations conducted under the Plan, including the selection of the Developmental Disabilities Coordinator, evaluation of ongoing programs, and the selection of contractors.

  16. Pierce County Parent Coalition for Developmental Disabilities
    • 3611 South D Street #A
      Tacoma, WA 98418
    • Phone 253 564 0707
    • Fax 253 564 0702
    • Email:
    • A parent driven organization that accumulates and disseminates information, as well as provides educational and networking opportunities for families, and those who are interested in the well being of individuals with developmental disabilities to learn and grow together as they seek ways to meet the needs and enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.

  17. Pierce County Parks Dept. Summer Activities
    • Parks and Recreation Administration Office
      9112 Lakewood Drive SW #121
      Lakewood, WA 98499
    • Phone: 253-798-4753 or 253-798-4176
    • Email:
    • Provides parks and recreation services to the residents of unincorporated Pierce County. The Parks Department maintains over 2,000 acres at over 30 park sites, which includes two recreation centers, five boat launch sites, trail corridors, and two golf courses.

  18. Social Security Administration/Supplemental Security Income (SSA/SSI)
    • 811 South Hill Park Drive Suite A
      Puyallup , WA 98373
    • Phone: 800-325-0778 - 800-772-1213 or TTY: 800-325-0778
    • Official site with a vast assortment of information.

  19. Special Olympics
    • State Chapter Office
      2150 N. 107th St., Suite 220
      Seattle, WA 98133-9009
    • Phone numbers: 253-983-8960
    • Email: Contact Form
    • The main objective of Special Olympics is quite simple. They provide a year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with mental retardation, or a closely related developmental disability. But through their program, their vision is to change the world's perception of the developmentally disabled and their role in society.

  20. Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)
    • Washington PAVE
      STOMP Project
      6316 So. 12th St.
      Tacoma, WA 98465
    • Phone: 253-565-2266 (v/tty) or 1-800-5-PARENT (v/tty)
    • Federally funded Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center established to assist military families who have children with special education or health needs. STOMP began in 1985, it is a project of Washington PAVE, and is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The staff of the STOMP Project are parents of children who have disabilities and have experience in raising their children in military communities and traveling with their spouses to different locations.

  21. Tacoma Pierce County Children with Special Health Care Needs.

  22. The Center for Children with Special Needs - Summer Camp
    • An online directory that can help you find summer camps or programs for children with special needs and their siblings. The camps are listed alphabetically. Your children can go to other camps too. Call the camps for more information about including your child. The directory is produced by Children's Resource Center and the Center for Children with Special Needs at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center.

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