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Northwest Center

Rating: 2.5 stars   2 reviews 1,164


7272 W. Marginal Way S. Seattle WA 98108 USA


To promote the growth, development and independence of people with disabilities through programs of education, rehabilitiation and work opportunity.


In 2009, our Early Intervention and Learning programs served 370 children in King County. We also supported 400 adults in their employment goals. Through our businesses, we employed 360 adults with disabilities.

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We serve children and adults with disabilities in King and Spokane Counties in Washington State. our programs for children start at birth and continue through teen years. The adult employment program starts in the student's last year of school to ease the transition into the workforce.


Child Development Program was the first program created at Northwest Center. Its roots reach back to our founding parents whose children were not accepted into public schools. They refused to accept the prevailing notion that their children with developmental disabilities could not be taught so they hired their own teacher and developed a curriculum that was designed for kids with special needs.
Today, we serve children with and without developmental disabilities from 6 weeks to 12 years of age in our inclusive programs:

  • Early Intervention Services: serving eligible children until their 3rd birthday
  • Inclusive early learning programs and full day childcare
  • Before and after school care and summer camp

We believe that all children are entitled to high quality childcare in a nurturing environment. We believe play, independent thinking, problem solving and self-initiated experiences are keys to healthy development. We honor diversity of all kinds—including the abilities, races, ethnic backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, marital status or ages of kids and their families. We strive to be culturally sensitive to all families, respecting their values and sharing the diverse population we serve.

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Role: Board Member
Rating: 5 stars  

Northwest Center models inclusion in our programs, our organization, and our businesses. We strive to realize the dream of civil rights and meaningful community engagement for people with disabilities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping people with developmental disabilities obtain meaningful employment. helping promote the development of young children with disabilities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand our programs, especially our inclusive child development and early intervention prorams.

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How did you learn about this organization?

In graduate school. Northwest Center is also very visible in Seattle.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Building an awareness of the importance of inclusive environments in our community, and Northwest Center's role in promoting inclusive environments.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Inclusion in the community and the workplace.

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This company does very good work for people with disabilities in their not for profit works. However, this company also runs for profit businesses, employing many people with disabilities. I have direct knowledge that their managers treat employees with disabilities like they are lucky to have a job and are quite expendable. These employees are not able to find work elsewhere and put up with the horrific absue that some of these managers doll out. Some goverment agency needs to get involved and help these innocent people from those who seem to be weilding their power over the weakest among us. This is quite a sham.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hire outside consultants to investigate this company for abuse.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the wonderful people working in the Child Development Center as well as those people supporting adults.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I would quite frankly be appalled if this company had this much money with the way it treats its employees.

Ways to make it better...

the management of Northwest Center truly cared about their employees.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

poor management.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I will definitely choose to donate my money another organization rather than to one that abuses its employees so.

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