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Parent Support Group meetings for families of specific cultural and language needs to come together.

Groups in Korean, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese)

For more information on parent group dates and locations, please contact Project Manager

Sayaka Omori at  253.886.4237
Fax: 253.499.0014

To contact Open Doors Family Support Specialists directly:

Min (Korean): 206.407.9051
Hodan (Somali): 253.245.7304
Janet (Spanish): 253.245.6394
Winnie (Chinese, Vietnamese): 253.245.7320

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The Autism Equal Access Project is a 2-year long project funded by the WA-State Attorney General’s Office and will address the needs of the many non-English speaking families-of-color who have children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The Autism Equal Access Project will provide opportunities for multicultural families of children with ASD, who have not received information and treatment due to cultural or language barriers.

Programs offered will be primarily targeted toward the most diverse areas in South King County, but families in other areas will also benefit. The project will provide parent training and support, as well as training for ethnic service providers and medical interpreters to better understand and assist families of children with ASD. Materials will be translated into at least six languages. Open Doors Family Support Specialists, board members, and community volunteers will assist families by utilizing their native languages and understandings of cultural needs.



English   Somali   Spanish   Russian   Chinese   Vietnamese   Korean   Others


The Autism Equal Access Project will work to create “equal access” in 4 areas for families of diverse cultural backgrounds:


Access to Knowledge about Autism
  • Organize and direct training for diverse parents of children with autism, educators, service providers and interpreters
  • Ongoing parent support groups, specific to individual community needs

PARENT EDUCATION WORKSHOPS on Autism-related topics:

Autism 101 – 10/5/2013

IEP and Special Education Law – 5/3/2014

Autism & Anxiety – 9/27/2014

ABA Therapy Knowledge – 10/25/2014

Use of ABA to Assess and Treat Disruptive Behaviors – 11/15/2014

TRAINING WORKSHOPS FOR PROFESSIONALS on Autism and disability awareness:

Certified Medical Interpreters Training – 12/7/2013

Social Service Provider Training – 9/17/2014

Access to Assistive Technology
  • Provide iPads and iPad training workshops to qualifying families of children with Autism

In partnership with Federal Way Public schools, we identified 40 students qualified for iPads and iPad accessories, with communication apps that were specific to the IEP communication goals. Parents attended monthly iPad training classes from January to June 2014 to learn how to use iPads and the recommended communication apps. There will be ongoing parent group meetings from July to December 2014 for parents to continue learning how to use iPads for their child’s communication needs.

Access to Safe Environments
  • Parent training workshop on creating safe and healthy environments for families of children with Autism
  • Work with community members to help repair damaged property for families

We invited speaker George Braddock, the CEO of Creative Solutions (based in OR), to conduct a 6 hour parent workshop (3/29/2014) on how to create safe and healthy home environments for families of children with Autism.

Access to ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy treatment
  • Work with Open Doors Family Support Specialists to assist Medicaid eligible families to access ABA therapy and learn more about implementing ABA therapy practices in the home


In August/September of 2014, in collaboration with Ivy Chung, M.Ed BCBA (Sum of Learning), 40 hours of ABA Therapist Training was provided to bilingual professionals working with children with Autism.


 The Autism Equal Access Project Signing Ceremony



‘Autism Knowledge’ Parent Workshop by Seattle Children’s Autism Center 10/5/2013


‘Safe & Healthy Home Environments’ by George Braddock     Parent Workshop 3/29/2014


‘Advocacy for Students with IEP’ by Barbara Ransom, Esq.    Parent Workshop 5/3/2014


‘Use of ABA to Assess and Treat Disruptive Behaviors’    
by Eric Boelter, Ph.D BCBA-D, Seattle Children’s 
Parent Workshop 11/15/2014