Everyone Deserves Education and Employment
Join us April 27 for The Derby
and make a difference for
kids and adults with disabilities.

It’s Derby time!
Join us April 27 at the King Street Ballroom
It’s getting close to post time! Join us on Saturday, April 27 for The Derby, a Kentucky Derby-themed live auction event that benefits Northwest Center. The 8 th annual event will take place at the elegant King Street Ballroom with spectacular views of Seattle, 255 South King Street in Pioneer Square. 

Early Intervention Steps In at a Critical Time for Noemie
At just four months old, Noemie was having trouble getting enough nutrition. Her diagnosis was complex: tongue-tie (ankyloglossia), a condition that restricts the tongue's range of motion; acid reflux; food allergies; and sensory processing disorder. Noemie’s pediatrician referred her to a special clinic for children who have trouble getting enough nutrition. As the months passed, she saw other specialists in gastroenterology and nutrition, and began outpatient feeding therapy. And yet, Noemie made little progress.

Finally, the pediatrician referred Noemie’s family to Northwest Center Early Intervention’s feeding therapy program.

Your Donations in Action
Avni Works and Grows at Value Village
When you give to The Big Blue Truck™ , you’re not only keeping clothing and household goods out of landfills; you’re making employment possible for people of all abilities.

Northwest Center client Avni started out collecting and organizing hangers at Value Village, but thanks to NWC job coaches and a supportive Value Village team, he’s expanded his role.

That’s Amore!
Alice Finds a Job to Love at Tutta Bella Pizzeria
"Bello ristorante!”
Alice’s voice rings out as she arrives for her 9 a.m. shift. She’s learning Italian phrases—this one means “beautiful restaurant”—because she’s so excited to be working as the new support employee at Tutta Bella in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. 

Barbie Thrives at Paradise Fibers
“My hobby is knitting, so being able to work with yarn and fiber every day is a dream come true,” says Barbie, an employee at the yarn and fiber store Paradise Fibers in Spokane.

“Working here makes me feel more independent and I can do stuff on my own and earn money and spend it the way I want to.” 

Why does Connor travel the world to fly kites? Because the Northwest Center client wants to raise awareness about epilepsy and anti-bullying. Connor, who has epilepsy, took his indoor kite-flying performance all the way to the 2010 semi-finals of America’s Got Talent (AGT), beating out 90,000 contestants and appearing in the “Live Wildcard Finals” top 12 in Los Angeles.

Letter from the CEO
Spring is finally upon us, and at Northwest Center we celebrate both the successes we’ve achieved and the potential successes soon to come.

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, first designated with a proclamation to “increase public awareness of the needs and potential of Americans with developmental disabilities.” This month, we’re sharing stories of children and adults reaching their full potential. Follow us on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram , and look for the hashtag #DDAwareness19 to see many of the great successes of our clients. 

Working Together
Employees Get a Beloved NWC Client Back to Work
Sandy, a Northwest Center client and women’s locker room “towel folder extraordinaire,” has worked at the Seattle Athletic Club for more than 12 years. “She’s an ‘institution’ and is loved by everyone at the club—members too,” says coworker Sarah Shafter.

But last year, something happened that threatened to keep Sandy from the job she loves: a life-threatening stroke paralyzed her left side and affected her ability to talk and swallow. 

But SAC employees wouldn't rest until Sandy was back at the job she loved.

Upcoming Events
The Derby
Don't miss the premier annual benefit for Northwest Center.

Saturday, April 27, 2019
King Street Ballroom
255 South King St., Seattle WA 98104

Advocacy Days
Join people of all abilities at the Washington State Capitol as they talk to legislators and self-advocate for disability issues. Upcoming Advocacy Days take place every other Wednesday, now through April 10.

  • March 27: Incredible Activists!
  • April 3: Incredible Autistics!
  • April 10: Incredible Messaging

Meet at 10 a.m.
The United Churches (across from the Capitol)
110 11th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501

#GiveBIG 2019
Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for this annual online fundraiser. Maximize your gift to Northwest Center when you #GiveBIG.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Online all day!