Developmental & Mental Challenges

  • A developmental disability is a lifelong condition that occurs before the age of 18, and involves physical and/or intellectual limitations.  The more common conditions are mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy.
  • There is a great need for early diagnosis to facilitate special training from infancy, so that those who are mentally challenged are not precluded from jobs, schooling, independent living, and participation in sports. 

  • State agencies hire some of the disabled.  Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order in May 2013 that includes several directives to improve employment opportunities for the disabled in Washington.  One of the directives is a Disability Employment Challenge which urges state-run employers to make 5% of their workforce comprised of people with disabilities by June 30, 2017.  The order also creates a Disability Employment Task Force to help state agencies recruit disabled candidates.  
Statistics
  • In Washington, three of every 200 children born today, will be diagnosed with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or some other form of intellectual or developmental disability.  As they grow, these children and the people who care for them will face unique challenges every day of their lives.
  • Nationally, 3 out of every 4 people with disabilities are not employed, and only 27% of people with disabilities successfully transition to college.   People with disabilities can be a productive and valuable part of the workplace. 
Local Organizations
Additional Resources

Developmental Disabilities Services

1611 W. Indiana Ave
Spokane,. WA   99205
(509) 329-2900, or 477-5722
Hours:  8 am - 5 pm
https://www.dshs.wa.gov/dda/developmental-disabilities-administration-services-programs
Support each person with a Developmental Disability to achieve and maintain a full and participating life in their community.

Spokane County Parent Coalition

(a program of The Arc)
320 E. 2nd Avenue
Spokane, WA  99202
509-328-6326
lance@spokaneparentcoalition.org
http://www.arc-spokane.org/About_Us

A network of about 1,500 parents in Spokane County supporting a child with an intellectual or developmental disability.  We offer information about resources in the community, education about matters that are important to families, a strong advocacy effort, and leadership training for parents, self-advocates, caregivers and others.