Northwest Center was founded in 1965 by parents who refused to institutionalize their children with developmental disabilities or accept the prevailing notion that their children couldn't be taught. Banding together to form Northwest Center for the Retarded, they hired their own teachers to develop education programs targeted to special needs and found that their children could indeed learn.
That was only the first step. Still frustrated that children with disabilities weren't accepted in public schools, these parents authored and won approval of civil rights legislation that opened the doors of Washington State schools to all children-with no exceptions. The Education for All Act was the first such law in the nation and served as the model for federal legislation.
The spirit of advocacy and innovation that gave rise to our organization has continued to influence our development. Now over four decades later, Northwest Center has grown to become the largest community service organization serving the needs of children and adults with disabilities in the Pacific Northwest.
Backed by a tireless staff, strong leadership and active community partnerships, we are working to enrich the lives and livelihood of the individuals we serve. Our innovative combination of programs and enterprises is building the life-long relationships necessary to assist people with disabilities and their families-now and into the future. – less – More from ZoomInfo »