Developmental Disabilities Administration
DDA is another state agency that can play a vital role in funding supported employment services.
formerly known as DDD, DDA is a state agency that can play a vital role in funding supported employment services. Depending upon the funding realities of the times, DDA has typically been able to pay for the long term support, i.e., the on-going support needed by the supported employee or employer to maintain and enhance his/her job. However, there are no guarantees that DDA will have the resources to continue this funding role in the future.
DDA also offers case management services and can help coordinate resources such as Medicaid Personal Care and Adult Family Homes. Students and their families are encouraged to apply for DDA services as early as needed, but no later than age 18. DDA funded employment services do not typically kick in until a student has left school and has turned 21 years old. Questions regarding eligibility and other services can be answered at the following web site: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/dda .