Information and Education Providers

PAVE -- Partnerships for Action. Voices for Empowerment

6316 South 12th Street Tacoma, WA 98465

In existence since 1979, PAVE’s mission is to provide support, advocacy, training and informational resources to empower families and individuals with disabilities. The Community Inclusion Program (CIP) and Parent to Parent (P2P) offer support, services and resources to families in Pierce County and their loved ones with developmental disabilities.

CIP annually offers over 20 free community inclusion events across Pierce County to support parents, caregivers, youth and young adults in accessible locations in the community. CIP is designed to support individual and family self-sufficiency. We do this by convening inclusive gatherings across Pierce County to share information, resources, have parent and youth activities and/or guest speakers, offering a chance to network with one another while sharing a meal together. CIP connects families with resources in our community based on what the family needs, reducing isolation and providing a place to belong, connect, obtain peer-to-peer support and obtain vital information!

Parent to Parent of Pierce County is in partnership with the ARC of WA -- free services include:

  • Matching parents with trained, experienced parents based on similar diagnoses and family issues for one-to-one peer support
  • Support groups at various times and locations in the county
  • Informational resources and education about disabilities and help navigating systems (e.g. educational, medical, DDA, etc.)

Contact person:

Michele Lehosky


[email protected]

Visit PAVE's Website

Pierce County Coalition for Developmental Disabilities (PC2)

3716 Pacific Avenue, Suite A, Tacoma, WA 98418

PC2 is a parent-driven 501(c)3 organization responsible for providing clear, consistent information for families and individuals who experience developmental disabilities in Pierce County, Washington.

PC2 provides resource links and follow-up/follow-along services for families; publishes a quarterly newsletter with relevant articles and information; creates and distributes a comprehensive Resource Guide for Pierce County; conducts educational meetings on a variety of topics from birth to three services, housing/residential issues, transition from high school to adult services, employment, and legal overviews; provides information at resource and vendor fairs throughout the county; provides a Home Ownership Down Payment Assistance Program for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families; hosts an annual Legislative Forum for constituents to meet and speak with their elected officials; provides information on how the legislative process works and how your voice can make a difference; shows you how you can connect with legislators and how to advocate for yourself; helps families find their voice.

Contact person:

BethAnn Garteiz, Executive Director 
253-564-0707 x 107

[email protected]

Visit PC2's Website