We believe people with disabilities and their families should have the opportunities and support to reach their full potential. Sherwood was started in 1957 by eight families of children with disabilities who were not allowed to attend public school. Since then, we have served over 20,000 people with disabilities. We continue to address challenges such as loneliness, isolation and low expectations that society has for people with disabilities.
Sherwood leads through advocacy and community education so that someday people with disabilities can live without stigma and be fully participating members of our communities. We take pride in serving all people with disabilities and their families, including individuals with significant disabilities, those in rural areas and non-native English speaking communities. Sherwood has never turned away anyone, regardless of how challenging the disability. We have a bilingual Spanish speaking staff, vitally important to helping this growing population access the support they need.
Sherwood has been a leader in the use of technology. We are the first agency in Washington State to distribute assistive technology devices across the state, as well as offering training and assistance to help recipients achieve greater independence. Sherwood is poised to leverage our leadership position to significantly expand the use of technology at home, school and work.