For families of children, youth, and adults with special needs

Open Doors’ Multicultural Parent Resource Center offers one-on-one, individualized support for a variety of issues and challenges facing families of loved ones with developmental or intellectual disabilities, such as special education consultations, assistance applying for benefits, access to therapies, among others. Families receive assistance in their most comfortable language, when possible, from a bilingual/bi-cultural Family Support Specialist or through an interpreter. Also offered are parent support groups, for parents to come together to learn and share in their most comfortable language, with other parents who share their culture and experiences. Language and cultural support is currently available in Spanish, Somali, Korean, Vietnamese, English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, and Khmer.

Throughout the school year, we offer parent training workshops on a variety of topics relevant to special education and developmental disabilities. These workshops are held in King County school districts such as Seattle, Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, and Kent, and are always free of charge. Food and childcare are provided, as well as transportation stipends for low-income families. Language support is available with advance registration!

A number of inclusive, fun family events are held throughout the year for persons with developmental disabilities and their families to come together and have fun, socialize, relax, and participate in inclusive activities. Past events have included a fall carnival with pumpkin carving, kayaking and adaptive cycling with picnic, snow tubing, and trampoline jumping. These events are offered for free or at a low cost, and scholarships are available.