Winter Olympics – Middle School Style

While most of the world eagerly waits for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to begin tonight, LWSD middle school students are focused on a competition of their own. Inglewood, Evergreen, Finn Hill, Kamiakin and Redmond Middle Schools are competing in the Middle School Winter Olympics throughout February.

Police Chief for a Day – a first grader’s dream come true

Bryce Stubblefield, a first grade student at Twain Elementary School, wants to be a police officer when he grows up. And his dream is about to come true! The City of Kirkland Police Department chose Bryce to be their 2018 Police Chief for a Day.



Special Services Resources

Resources for you... from a lending library to a list of online support groups to connect you with other families

Click a tab below to see a list of resources.

SNG Lending Library

The Lake Washington School District PTSA Special Needs Group (SNG) provides books, DVDs and other materials for parents and/or staff to check out.

Books, DVDs and other materials are housed currently at the Lake Washington School District Resource Center (16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond, WA 98052) in the Curriculum Library on the first floor. The same materials are also rolled on a cart into the monthly PTSA Special Needs Group meetings for self-checkout. These materials are available to parents and staff of Lake Washington School District.

What materials are available?
A variety of resources are available and are sorted by the following categories:

  • Children’s books
  • Education resources
  • General health
  • Media (CD/DVD/Tape)
  • Parenting – General
  • State and Local Information
  • Special Needs – ADD & ADHD
  • Special Needs – Autism, Asperger’s
  • Special Needs – General
  • Special Needs – Parenting

How to check out an Item:

  • At the monthly meeting (select your item and fill out a checkout form).
  • During school hours, you can check them out directly from the Resource Center Curriculum Library (Monday through Thursday).
  • Call or email the Resource Center Librarian, Jennifer Gordon at 425-936-1200 with:
    • The name of the material that you would like to checkout.
    • Your name, your child’s name (if you’re a parent) and the school they attend.
    • Jennifer will then send the book to the school via intra-district mail.

Materials will be on loan for four weeks. Please return items promptly so that others will have access to them as well.

How to return materials:

There are three ways to return materials:

  1. Work with your school to send it via intra-district mail, with attention to Jennifer Gordon, Resource Center Library.
  2. Bring it to the PTSA Special Needs Group monthly meeting.
  3. Bring your item directly to the Resource Center Library and leave it on Jennifer Gordon’s desk with a note.

Donations are gladly accepted
Donations of books, DVDs, CDs, videos, etc. about disabilities for adults and/or kids are always welcomed! Include a note that states that the items are for the “Special Needs Lending Library.” Donations can be sent in the same way that materials can be returned (see above).

Questions? Contact Jane Horn at 425-996-0656

Local Resources

Organizations that offer assistance to individuals with disabilities and their families

The Arc of King County
Provides resources and support for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families
Phone: 206-364-6337 or 877-964-0600

  • Parent-to-Parent program connects those with similar disabilities: 206-957-7080
  • Community Connections resource guide
  • King County Parent Coalition
  • Information and referral service
  • Support for families of different ethnicities
  • Information for adults with disabilities/supported living services

Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)
Provides services to qualified individuals with disabilities, such as Medicaid, family support and respite (care-taking)
Phone: Region 4 – 206-568-5700 or 800-314-3296

The Father’s Network
Local group that supports fathers of special needs children
Phone: 425-747-4004

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
State agency that oversees public education in Washington
Phone: 360-725-6075

  • Procedural safeguards, Federal IDEA 2004 regulations
  • Special Education Ombudsman (a support and resource person)
  • Recent news in the field of special education and resource links
  • Dispute resolution information

Sibshops – Sibling Support Project
Support for siblings of children with special needs
Phone: 206-297-6368

Washington PAVE (Parents Are Vital in Education)
Provides information, training and support for parents and individuals with disabilities
Phone: 1-800-5-PARENT (1-800-572-7368)

  • Understanding the educational system
  • Support and transition to adult life

More special needs websites
Special Needs Websites
Links to additional websites that offer information about assistance, services and treatment for families and individuals with specific disabilities and disorders, including:

  • Autism
  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Behavior and learning disorders
  • Social-emotional issues

Online Support Groups

Does your child receive special education services?
Would you like to be connected with other parents in your school district who also have children with special needs?

Lake Washington
The purpose of this email group is so that parents can get to know other parents in their communities who have children receiving special education services. Home schooling families are also welcome to join us.

To subscribe, send a blank email to:

Autism King
A group of over 500 parents in King County who are raising children on the autism spectrum. There are many parents who have children with PDD-NOS, Asperger’s syndrome as well as autism. We occasionally have offline events such as parents meeting for dinner at a local restaurant or family potlucks and other get-togethers.

To subscribe, send a blank email to:

A group of around 100 families in King County who are raising babies and young children with Down syndrome. This is a great place to find support and camaraderie. “Mom’s Night Out” is held the last Friday night of the month at 7:00pm at a local restaurant. We also have quarterly Parent’s Night Out and several family potlucks and other get-togethers throughout the year. This group is also wonderful for parents who are pregnant with a baby with Down syndrome and want to get connected to other families.

To subscribe, send a blank email to:

Over 60 parents in Washington state comprise this group. It is for parents who have children with cerebral palsy or a related disorder.

To subscribe, send a blank email to: .

This group is for all parents in King County who are raising children with special needs. ParentsPlace is a wonderfully supportive “family” of over 170 parents, some of whom are raising children with ADD, autism, spina bifida and many who are undiagnosed. We even talk about our kids without “labels”!

To subscribe, send a blank email to: .

ParentsPlace Too
This email group is for single parents who are raising children with special needs. The families also have monthly get-togethers at various locations around King County.

To subscribe, send a blank email to:

Grandparent to Grandparent
This group is for grandparents from all over the world who have grandchildren with special needs. Some of the grandparents are raising their grandchildren and many are “long distance” grandparents, all are very caring people.

To subscribe, send a blank email to:

An email support and information group for parents in the state of Washington who are raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

To subscribe, send a blank email to:

This is a group for anyone in King County interested in inclusion for children and adults with disabilities. Mostly we discuss inclusive education, but recreational, religious and community inclusion is also a focus. This is a great place to get ideas and celebrate success.

To subscribe, send a blank email to:

This group is for parents of young adults with special needs in the greater King County area. The purpose of this group is for mutual support and exchange of information and resources. Let's encourage each other as we support our children in navigating the road to adulthood. This list serve is a service of The Arc of King County's Parent to Parent Support Program.

To subscribe, send a blank email to:

This is an email support and information group for parents of teenagers with special needs in King County. This group has monthly social outings for our teens which are planned by the parents, such as bowling, swimming, go-carts, pizza, etc.

To subscribe, send a blank email to:

These groups are facilitated by Jodi Reimer, Parent to Parent Coordinator for The Arc of King County.

National Resources

2-1-1 Call Center
A national help line that connects people with community services and volunteer opportunities
Phone: 2-1-1

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, including disabilities
Phone: 703-620-3660

  • 17 divisions for specialized information
  • Special education publications, conferences and conventions

National Center for Learning Disabilities IEP Headquarters
NCLD's Information Center on Individualized Education Programs provides extensive information on IEPs.
Phone: 1-888-575-7373

  • IEP eligibility
  • What an IEP is
  • What an IEP contains
  • The parents' role in an IEP
  • The IEP Meeting and IEP Team
  • 504 Plans and Related Info

National Organization on Disability (NOD)
National organization that raises disability awareness through numerous programs
Phone: 1-800-293-5960

  • Community involvement programs
  • Economic participation and access to independence information

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Education Rights (PACER) Center
National organization that helps to expand opportunities and enhance quality of life for children and young adults with disabilities and their families
Phone: 952-838-9000

Leading website about special education law and advocacy

  • Advocacy, federal laws, No Child Left Behind, IDEA 2004
  • Thousands of articles and free resources
  • Trainings and seminars
  • Section 504 and IEP information

Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
Service that enables you to find professionals, programs, organizations and support groups for people with disabilities in your state

  • Information and how to connect with other parents/guardians and professionals
  • Organizations and support groups in each state

More special needs websites
Special Needs Websites
Links to additional websites that offer information about assistance, services and treatment for families and individuals with specific disabilities and disorders, including:

  • Autism
  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Behavior and learning disorders
  • Social-emotional issues