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Washington State/Whatcom County Disability Information

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
The Department of Social and Health Services is an integrated organization of high-performing programs working in partnership for statewide impact to help transform lives.

Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)
People with developmental disabilities and their families are valued citizens of the state of Washington. The Developmental Disabilities Administration strives to develop and implement public policies that will promote individual worth, self-respect, and dignity such that each individual is valued as a contributing member of the community.

Washington State Department of Services for the Blind
Washington State Department of Services for the Blind provides job counseling and teach adaptive skills to people who are blind or have low vision and serves children and youth who are blind or have low vision from birth through high school graduation.

Whatcom County Health Department – Developmental Disabilities Program


Vocational Resources

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation helps individuals with disabilities to participate fully in their communities and become employed.

WorkSource Washington
State of Washington’s official site for online employment services.Find a job, get job search help, locate workforce services in your area,access career information and more.

Lummi Vocational Rehabilitation – LVR
The Vocational Rehabilitation Program is designed to provide comprehensive vocational and rehabilitative services to Lummi Tribal Member and Native Americans living on the reservation who have a medical, physical, emotional or cognitive condition which interferes with their success in employment.


Senior Resources

Aging and Long-Term Support Administration

The Whatcom Council on Aging (WCOA)
The Whatcom Council on Aging is an independent non-profit organization supported by donations from local businesses and community members, limited federal funding and grants.

Bellingham Senior Activity Center

Whatcom County Parks and Recreation – Senior Services
There are eight senior centers located throughout Whatcom County. The centers provide a place where senior citizens can come together and enjoy a variety of social activities, have a nutritious meal, and take classes.


Affordable Housing

Bellingham Housing Authority
Bellingham Housing Authority is a local government agency that serves approximately 3,000 homes housing over 7,000 residents in Whatcom County. The Bellingham Housing Authority and the Whatcom County Housing Authority work together to provide needed housing in our community.


Transportation

Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA)
Serving Bellingham and Whatcom County.


Other Agencies

Arc of Whatcom County
The Arc of Whatcom County exists to improve the quality of live, increase the independence and assure the full inclusion in the community of all persons with developmental disabilities.

Bellingham Parks and Recreation
The Parks and Recreation Department supports a healthy community by providing high quality parks and recreation services.

Chuckanut Health Foundation
Chuckanut Health Foundation was originally St. Luke’s Foundation. They are committed to improving the health of all who live in Whatcom County by investing in health services where they are most needed and have the greatest collective impact.

Compass Health
Compass Health is a private, non-profit, state licensed organization providing mental health and chemical dependency services.  They provide services in Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties.

Lake Whatcom Residential & Treatment Center
Lake Whatcom Residential and Treatment Center (LWC), located in Bellingham, Washington, is a DSHS licensed not-for-profit organization providing an array of residential and community mental health services to adults with severe and persistent mental illness in Whatcom and surrounding counties.

LAW Advocates
LAW Advocates provides free legal help – including advice, representation and other assistance – for low-income individuals and families facing urgent non-criminal legal problems.

Max Higbee Center
Max Higbee Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides recreation programs for teens and adults (ages 14+) with developmental disabilities.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

Northwest Regional Council

Opportunity Council
The Opportunity Council is a private, non-profit Community Action Agency serving homeless and low-income families and individuals.

The Volunteer Center of Whatcom County
The Volunteer Center of Whatcom County mobilizes volunteers to meet community needs, builds capacities of organizations to effectively engage volunteers, and inspires support for community service.