Community Information and Outreach
Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Supports Division
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Contact Jim Ott
Information and Outreach Manager
What are Community Information, Outreach, and Referral Services?
These services connect people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to the information, skills, and supports they need to live and participate in the community.
- Information about intellectual and developmental disabilities
- Outreach to communities about services and supports
- Referral to a range of services, providers, and resources
- Workshops and trainings, and
- Participation in Community Events
Services are provided by organizations that are closely connected to the communities they serve. These communities include:
- People with developmental disabilities, their families, and their caregivers
- Black, Indigenous, African American, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities
- Low-income communities, and
- Communities with a home language other than English.
Open Doors for Multicultural Families
Open Doors for Multicultural Families is located in South King County and serves families utilizing bilingual and bicultural staff to provide outreach, parent support, advocacy, information and referral to multicultural families from across King County.
Open Doors provides many useful resources for the community, including a Family Support Program, and a Self Advocate Leadership program.
Somali Health Board
The Somali Health Board's addresses health disparities in the Somali community begins in early childhood. They understand that accessing healthcare is challenging especially when compounded by language barriers and lack of culturally sensitive services.
The Developmental Screening and Referral program provides education to families and providers, and also a support group for Somali parents with children who are on the Autism spectrum, and refers families to care providers.
The Arc of King County
The Arc of King County provides many useful services. These include an Information and Family Support Program, which is a hub of resources for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), their parents and caregivers, and broader community of professionals that supports people with IDD. The Arc of King County also provides an Education and Civic Engagement Program.
Washington Multicultural Services Link
The Washington Multicultural Services Link's mission is to empower and ensure quality of support services to African Diaspora and African American families, especially individuals with disabilities, and health care needs.
In addition to other services, WMSL provides a Black Family Engagement Program. This program promotes family involvement to ensure meaningful and successful engagement in all aspects of families lives with loved ones with disabilities and special healthcare needs.