Special Education

Finding the children who need special education and related services is a basic function of the special education system.  All children with disabilities residing in the State, including children with disabilities who are homeless or are wards of the State, and children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located, and evaluated.   http://www.k12.wa.us/SpecialEd/ProgramReview/Monitoring/ChildFind.aspx

(see Spokane's Child Find Resources below) 

Local Organizations
Additional Resources

  • Child Find - West Valley
    Spokane Valley, WA
    (509) 927-1138
  • Spokane County Parent Coalition
    (a program of The Arc)
320 E. 2nd Avenue
Spokane, WA  99202
(509) 328-6326
(509) 328-6342 (fax)
(509) 252-1565 (TTY)
Lance Morehourse - Coordinator
Email: lance@spokaneparentcoalition.org 
http://www.arc-spokane.org/scpc
A network of about 1,500 parents in Spokane County supporting a child with an intellectual or developmental disability.  We offer information about resources in the community, education about matters that are important to families, a strong advocacy effort, and leadership training for parents, self-advocates, caregivers and others.
  • University of Idaho - Raven Scholars
    A university transition program for students on the autism spectrum, who struggle with social interaction and reading.  A place where someone understands how they think can make all the difference.  As those with autism spectrum disorder struggle to communicate and form relationships, these students get assistance from fellow students on navigating campus, breaking down homework, reviewing emails, and exploring social interaction.  Board games also encourage social interaction.  They are educating autistic kids that probably wouldn't have succeeded anywhere else, according to Karl Klokke, a 1975 UI graduate on the autism spectrum. 

    "Students on the autism spectrum are absolutely wonderful people.  They have potential that is unimagined, but with support they are able to become more successful, productive members of society.  I think the need for the program is very clear," said Leslie Gwartney, a former psychosocial rehabilitation specialist and coordinator of the Raven Scholars.  Students who assist the Raven Scholars often use the program to prepare for their own future, to gain an understanding of people with autism and assist people who have developmental disabilities. 

    This privately funded program may stop due to funding restrictions.  (source:  "UI group helps students on autism spectrum," by Josh Babcock, Lewiston Tribune, February 19, 2018)