The Developmental Disabilities Program contracts with various agencies in the community to provide services for residents of Pierce County and their families. The program is responsible for:
County-wide information and education,
Early intervention services for children with developmental delays from birth to three years, and
Employment and community access programs for adults 21 and older.
Primary funding for all services comes from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, the Department of Early Learning Supports for Infants and Toddlers Program, and School Districts.
Early Intervention Services
Early intervention services are designed to build upon family strengths by providing coordination, supports, resources, and services to enhance the development of children with developmental delays and disabilities through everyday learning opportunities. Services are individualized, and may include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and specialized instruction.
Developmental Disabilities administers Employment and Day Services to
assist individuals with developmental disabilities in obtaining and
maintaining employment. Through partnerships with Employment Service
Vendors, participants are supported in achieving community employment
that offers competitive wages, an integrated work environment, and the
greatest opportunity for independence on the job. Support Services are
individualized to meet each person's need on the job that are consistent
with the participant's interest, skills, and employment goals.
Information and Education Services
The Developmental Disabilities Program contracts with various agencies
in the community to provide Information and Education Services for
residents of Pierce County and their families.