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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services, Job Training, Vocational Rehabilitation


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

Results: 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.

Target demographics: 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.

Programs: 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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.



Rating: 0

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.