Developmental Disabilities Division
312 West 8th Avenue
Spokane, WA 99204
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Christine Barada, Director
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Developmental Disabilities Division

Mission Statement

"To Support Each Person with a Developmental Disability to Achieve and Maintain a Full and Participating Life in Their Community"

Introduction and Background

Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department (CSHCD) Developmental Disabilities Division works in partnership with DSHS, Region 1,  Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) to administer a range of specific programs by subcontracting with local agencies to provide support and services, birth through life, to people with developmental disabilities and their families. CSHCD's Developmental Disabilities Division provides:

  • Child development services for children ages birth to three years old with developmental delays or disabilities;
  • Transition services for young adults with developmental disabilities who have turned 21 years old and have graduated from high school;
  • Adult services to assist adults with developmental disabilities find and maintain employment and live full participating and contributing lives within the community.
  • Community education and information services designed to increase public awareness and build community capacity for including people with developmental disabilities.

The Developmental Disabilities Division is also responsible for information, education, and overall coordination and planning of activities relating to services for persons with developmental disabilities. The Developmental Disabilities Division follows the County Guidelines, which, along with Residential Guidelines and the State Strategic Plan, provide the philosophical foundation for all programs for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Terminology and Acronyms

People sometimes get comfortable using 'lingo' and forget that not everyone knows what those acronyms mean. Below is a link to a comprehensive list of acronyms used in developmental disabilities, mental health and substance abuse. Always ask for clarification if someone is using lingo that is unfamiliar.
Acronym and Terminology List

Hire Ability Day

Hire Ability Day is an effort to inform the community about the businesses and employment solutions available through a diverse, untapped workforce - individuals with developmental disabilities.

This year's luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 16th, at The Davenport Hotel. To register to attend this free event, please visit the website using the link below.

Click on the link to be taken to the Hire Ability Day website. www.hireabilityday.org

Brian Nichols
Program Manager

Developmental Disabilities Division
E-mail: bnichols@spokanecounty.org

Address

Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department
312 West 8th Avenue
Spokane, WA 99204
Phone: (509) 477-2029
Relay Service of Washington: (800) 833-6384
Fax: (509) 477-6827

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