An evening in Blue. A gala benefiting Northwest Center. Saturday, November 2nd. Register Now

A nonprofit building a disability-inclusive world for schools, businesses, and people, from cradle through career.

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  • 12,701 children reached through disability training for schools each year.
  • 1,451 babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with and without disabilities served each year.
  • 681 adults with disabilities placed or supported in employment each year.
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We were founded in 1965 by a group of Seattle moms determined to change the laws that barred their children with disabilities from school.

Today, Northwest Center is just as determined to remove barriers to disability inclusion at school, work, and in the community. Our services empower people with disabilities from cradle through career, and help schools, businesses, and the community embrace inclusive, anti-ableist practices.

Direct Support Services

Empowering People with Disabilities to Reach Their Full Potential

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Our team of therapists and resource coordinators support families with children birth to 6 months (adjusting for prematurity) in the critical time when babies transition home from a hospital stay.

This family-centered program for children 0-3 with developmental delays offers speech-language, occupational, and physical therapy, nutrition, mental health, education services, and family resources.

At Northwest Center Kids Early Learning, children with and without disabilities learn and play together in an inclusive, high-quality classroom environment.

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By assessing career interests, providing training, and supporting employees, Northwest Center Transition Services helps graduating high school students enter the working world with confidence.

Northwest Center Employment Services works with job seekers to find employment as meaningful to them as it is valuable to their employers.

Training & Consultation

Empowering Schools and Businesses to Remove Barriers to Disability Inclusion

Early Learning Inclusion

IMPACT: For Educators and Families of Children Preschool to Grade 3

The Northwest Center Kids IMPACT team provides inclusion training, consultation, and online courses for early childhood educators, administrators, and coaches. We believe that with the right training and support, all educators can successfully include children with disabilities and challenging behaviors in the classroom.

Corporate Disability Inclusion

Employment Transformation Collective: Creating Disability-Inclusive Workplaces

The Employment Transformation Collective (ETC) works with businesses, employers, and jobseekers to provide workplaces that are inclusive of people with disabilities and that offer a welcoming, accommodating environment that benefits all employees. ETC helps you remove workplace barriers to accessibility so all employees, with and without disabilities, can do their best work.

Your Support Helps
Build a More Equitable World for People with Disabilities

How To Support

  • Donate Clothing

    Donate clothing to The Big Blue Truck to help fund our disability inclusion services.

  • Make a Gift

    Your financial donation goes directly to support services for kids and adults with disabilities.

  • Our Businesses

    Working with our businesses brings in revenue to support our mission.

Social Enterprise

Businesses on a Mission

Our businesses are social enterprises powered by a mission of disability inclusion in schools, workplaces, and communities. When you work with us, you support inclusive business practices and social impact. Proceeds earned from our social enterprises fund our disability inclusion programs.

Donate clothing to The Big Blue Truck to help fund our disability inclusion services.

OneNorth IFS provides meticulous janitorial and building services in the Puget Sound region, Spokane, and nationwide for commercial, retail, health care, government, education, and manufacturing.

OneNorth Logistics is your source for short haul trucking, sorting, cross dock logistics, and short term warehouse storage.

Day8 Managed office solutions

Our expert offset and digital printing solutions at Lithtex NW include direct mail, large format, blueprints, brochures, and more for commercial, educational, and governmental organizations.

Northwest Center Laundry Services provides hospital grade laundry services to government agencies and facilities in the Puget Sound region.

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