What is a developmental disability?
The Washington State Developmental
Disabilities Administration (DDA) defines a developmental disability as a
disability attributed to an intellectual disability,
cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or another neurological or
other condition. A developmental disability originates
before the individual reached 18 years of age; is expected
indefinitely; and results in a substantial limitation to the
individual. More information about the DDA's Eligibility
Determination is available online at:
What is our overall goal?
For individuals with developmental disabilities to be
contributing, welcome and integrated in our communities.
What is our employment goal?
For all working age adults with developmental disabilities
to be gainfully employed.
Where can I get information about resources for a young
adult with support needs about to transition from high
Resource Guide [PDF] is updated each year and provides a
listing of resources for transitioning students.
What agencies currently contract with the County to
provide services to adults with developmental disabilities?
Thurston and Mason County
Contracted Providers Directory
[PDF] lists the current contracted providers and the services
Can any adult with a developmental disability get
assistance in finding a job?
A person must first be eligible for Washington State DSHS
DDA services. You will need to contact the DDA Intake
& Eligibility Office at 800-248-0949. The DDA staff will
conduct an assessment to
determine if an individual is eligible and if funding is
available to provide assistance in getting and keeping a
How does an adult with developmental
disabilities interested in becoming employed and/or more
active in the community get started in achieving his or her
Read our guide entitled
Up to You!" [PDF]
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date, please send the correct information to
Anne Butigan or to our mailing address at
412 Lilly Road NE, Olympia, WA 98506-5132.