Kittitas County Services







Independent Living Skills Training

We meet with individuals to develop independent living skills in areas such as personal care, coping strategies, individual advocacy, financial management, social skills, and household management.  We also provide assistance in navigating local transportation services and applying for social service programs.

To Schedule an appointment with Gretchen Thatcher, Independent Living Specialist call (509) 962-9620.

To Schedule an Appointment with Mayra Colazo, Independent Living Specialist/ Community Outreach Specialist  Email her @ or call at 509-962-9620.

Assistive Devices for Children 

We offer an array of assistive toys for children with disabilities between the ages of 2-5 years old. Families may bring in their children to try out and play with the various toys Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Click Here to see what assistive toys are available.

  • For more information, contact Ashley Clayton at 509-962-9620 or by e-mail at
Youth Transition Services

We assist youth with disabilities (ages 14-24) in the transition from high school to adulthood and empower them to live more independently through advocacy, information/referral, peer support and independent living skills training.  We also help youth with pursuing higher education, locating job and internship opportunities, and identifying social networking opportunities.


The CWDR recreation program works with adults with disabilities ages 25 and up, bringing new forms of recreation to the participants by holding daily activities at the center and trips in Washington State. We work with the participants to help develop independent living skills through fitness, crafts and skill building classes. The movie and game activities build social skills. Activities are accessible and adaptable to participant needs. The activities also change with the seasons providing fishing, sport-based activities and many other outdoor activities in the spring summer and early fall.  In the winter we provide reading and music class keeping the activities from getting to stale.

Swim Program

The Swim Pass Program provides swim passes in the form of a twenty-punch pass to eligible individuals, to be used at any time the public swimming pool and facilities are available for public use at the Kittitas County Memorial Pool. The City of Ellensburg has generously provided the swim passes for individuals who are considered low income and have a disability. There are weekly swim activities on Mondays from 10 am till noon for individuals who need more support when using the city pool to swim or use the work out room to exercise.

  • For more information, contact Dan Witkowski @ 509-962-9620 or
Information and referrals

We connect people with services or resources, which will meet their needs or help solve a problem they are experiencing.

Peer mentoring

We provide peer support through listening, teaching, information sharing, and other like services to our consumers.

Personal Assistance services training

CWDR provides training on how to hire and manage personal assistance services, thus enabling individuals to live on their own.

Durable Equipment Loan

We offer a wide selection of durable equipment for temporary loan. Check out our selection of wheelchairs, walkers, and a variety of other personal equipment items that promote in-home independence.

  • Medical Equipment List
Transition from Institutions 

We utilize all of our core programs and services to assist individuals with disabilities residing in institutional settings to move back into the community.

Resource Library Catalog

We work with consumers on employment preparation (resume, applications, and interviewing skills) and identifying accommodations. We also make referrals to Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation and other job placement agencies.


We provide resources to help consumers secure housing and information regarding affordable and adaptive housing services.

Hope Source
Kittitas County Housing Authority

Community and Systems Advocacy

We advocate for services and programs that ensure equal access and quality community living options for people with disabilities.







CWDR Calendar