External Resources


Community Resources refer to those places, activities, and organizations that are available to all citizens in Clark County. The opportunity to live in a home, have a job, attend school, move around the community using public transportation, and participate in local events and recreational activities enhance the quality of life for all community members. Access to these resources is particularly important to people with developmental disabilities and their families. This web site is designed to assist individuals, families, and all community members in more easily locating opportunities and basic resources that are available within Clark County.

Children and Family Resources



America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass

The Center for Children With Special Needs

Centers of Excellence – Washington State Medical Home

Children Intensive In-Home Behavior Support Program

Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs | Clark County (wa.gov)  

Clark College Child and Family Studies

DDA Assessment Information for Families

Educational Opportunities for Children and Families (EOCF)

Family Household Emergency Plan Template

Individual and Family Services Program

Informing families

Informing Families - Bulletins

Informing Families Employment Readiness Bulletin-Looking Ahead: Life After 21 Tips for Finding Work

Intensive Behavior Support Services

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities Act Early Resources

National Disability Rights Network - Segregated and Exploited

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Other Types of Assistance

Parent Coalition (360) 823-2247

Providing support, navigation, trainings, advocacy, peer to peer support and activities, are only some of the free services families and individuals of all ages who experience I/DD can receive from the Clark County Parent Coalition. The Clark County Parent Coalition (CCPC) has been serving parents and individuals with disabilities in Clark County since 1992 and makes sure that parent voices are heard at all levels of decision making.

Parent to Parent
Washington state, site and coordinator list

TOPsoccer of Southwest Washington

Transition Planning Check List

Transition Planning 101

The Long and Short of Employment Services

Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreations Department

Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Washington State Birth to 3 Plan

Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families

Working Age Adult Policy

ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families

Early Intervention

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities Act Early Resources

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families

Economic Information

Columbia River Economic Development Council
Twenty years of experience helping with site location and acquisition, business demographics, and process facilitation. 

Human Services Council, Inc.
A non-profit corporation that helps people access the services available to meet their individual and family needs, and coordinate aging and long-term care.

The Official Web Site of the Social Security Administration

Prescription Assistance

Social Security Disability Information


Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver 
(360) 992-2000; Disability Support Services (360) 992-2580

Council for Exceptional Children
The CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities and the gifted.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation's Services (OSERS)

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

Clark County School Districts Special Education Programs

OSPI Washington Learning: The Gateway to K-12 Education in Washington State

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

Teacher's Guide to U.S. Department of Education

Washington State University - Vancouver
14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue, Vancouver

(360) 546-9788

Washington State School for the Blind
2214 E 13th St., Vancouver
(360) 696-6321

Washington School for the Deaf
611 Grand, Vancouver
(360) 696-6525 
TDD (360) 418-4366

Employment Information

Employment Law Information Network

Indiana University: Indiana Institute on Disability and Community

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)

President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (PCEPD)

University of Montana: Rural Institute

U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy

Washington Initiative for Supported Employment

Washington Small Business Development Centers

Workforce Development Council

Work Source SW Washington

General Disability Information

The Alliance for Full Participation (AFP)
AFP is a formal partnership of leading organizations serving the developmental disabilities field that share a common vision-to help create a better and more fulfilling quality of life for people with developmental disabilities.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The mission of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is to promote the interests of and provide the highest quality services for professionals in audiology; speech-language pathology; and speech, language, and hearing science, and to advocate for people with communication disabilities.

Americans with Disabilities Act
U.S. Department of Justice Information on the ADA

ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center
The ARCH supports service providers and families through training, technical assistance, evaluation and research.

Case For Inclusion

The Center for An Accessible Society Disability Issues Information
The changing world of developmental disabilities - describes how such disabilities can occur in any family; how society's values and ideas about the conditions are changing; and more.

Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation, University of Washington
CCER mission statement: "The Mission of the Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation is to identify, develop, support and exemplify excellence among rehabilitation practitioners in the Pacific Northwest for the purpose of increasing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities."  CCER offers conferences, workshops, distance education, a graduate program, and a leadership institute.

Center on Human Policy
The Center on Human Policy (CHP) is a Syracuse University based policy, research, and advocacy organization involved in the national movement to insure the rights of people with disabilities.

Council on Quality and Leadership in Supports for People with Disabilities
The Council is an international organization at the forefront of the movement to create opportunities for people with disabilities. We direct our efforts toward promoting quality improvement in services and supports.

David Pitonyak - Imagine

Disability Information
The comprehensive Federal website of disability-related government resources.

Disability Resources

Home Safety for People with Disabilities

Increasing Physical Activity among Adults with Disabilities

National Council on Disability
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting 54 million Americans with disabilities.

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
Part of the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, NIDRR provides leadership and support for a national and international program of comprehensive and coordinated research on the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities.

National Organization on Disability (NOD)
The National Organization on Disability promotes full and equal participation of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.

NADD|An association for persons with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.

Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health - Portland State University
The Center's activities focus on improving services to families whose children have mental, emotional or behavioral disorders through a set of related research and training programs.

Stay Active with a Disability: Quick Tips

WISe Training and Events

Housing Resources

Home Ownership Center - Community Housing Resource Center

Housing & Mortgages for People with Disabilities

Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA)

Legal Rights and Information

Children's Defense Fund (CDF)

Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Washington Legislature

Washington Parents are Vital in Education (P.A.V.E.)

Washington State Home Page

Wrightslaw - Special education law and advocacy

National Research Centers

Center on Human Development and Disability, University of Washington at Seattle

Civitan International Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham

John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development, Vanderbilt University

Shriver Research Center, Waltham, Massachusetts

Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Organizations for Families

Arc of Washington State

The Arc of Southwest Washington
A private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Beach Center on Families and Disabilities

Cornucopia of Disability Information (CODI)

Family Voices

National and Washington State Fathers Network

PACER Center
The Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) has over 250 documents, articles, FAQ's on the law, employment strategies for people with disabilities

Parents Helping Parents

Special Education Resources on the Internet

TASH - Disability advocacy

Washington - Parents are Vital in Education (P.A.V.E.)

Washington Department of Social & Health Services Developmental Disabilities Administration
Striving to develop and implement public policies that will promote individual worth, self-respect, and dignity such that each individual is valued as a contributing member of their community.

Specific Disabilities

Anxiety in adults with an autism spectrum disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

Autism NOW Center

Autism NOW Transition Planning

Autism - Washington State Department of Health

Autism Society of Washington

Autoimmune Disabilities Guide for Moms

Brain Injury Association of WA

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

International Dyslexia Association

Learning Disabilities Association

National Down Syndrome Society

National Organization for Rare Disorders

Spina Bifida Association of America (SBAA)

United Cerebral Palsy


Washington Assistive Technology Alliance (WATAP)

Clark County does not allow web links that advocate for private commercial enterprises. For more information, please refer to the  Guidelines.