Advocating for the Employment of Adults with Developmental Disabilities


Advocacy for employment was actually the genesis of the LEO organization. The “founding mothers” saw employment services and job coaching as a huge service gap and a need unfilled. Over time this need has been met by other organizations, both private and non-profit, in the form of employment vendors.

Today, we urge families to work with the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and existing employment vendors to obtain employment services.

We also encourage families and friends to support those with developmental disabilities in various community activities, such as volunteering to help at Salmon Days, or community clean up days, or participating in the Aktion club supported by AtWork! and the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah.



The LEO organization recognizes those businesses in the community that go the extra mile in hiring people with disabilities. These employers show a willingness to modify hiring procedures, are flexible with job descriptions, allow employment specialists on site for job coaching, provide a network of support for the individual, as well as initiating the recruitment of individuals who have disabilities.

Here are some of the employers LEO has recognized.

Albertsons, Eastgate
Adventure Bowl
AMC, Factoria
Applebees, Renton
Arena Sports
Bellevue Community College
Burger King, Issaquah
City of Issaquah
Costco Headquarters
Costco Warehouse, Issaquah
Earth Pet
Eastridge Christian Assembly
Eurest Dining Services
Evergreen Ford
Fairwood Golf and Country Club
Fischer Meats
Foryu Furnishings
Fred Meyer, Issaquah
Gilman Auto Body
Girl Scouts of Western Washington
Hilton Garden Inn
Home Depot, Issaquah
Home Goods, Issaquah
Issaquah Brew Pub
Issaquah Kiwanis
Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation
Issaquah Press
Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
Issaquah School District
Jubilee Farms
Kids Country Day Care, Issaquah
KinderCare, W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy

Lakeside Montessori
Lowe’s, Issaquah
Matthews Thriftway
McDonalds, Gilman
Meadowbrook Urgent Care Clinic
Michael’s Toyota of Bellevue
Mt. Si Sports and Fitness
NAES (formerly North American Energy Service)
National Etching
North Bend Theater

Old Country Buffet, Factoria
Panera Bread
PCC Natural Markets
Pediatric Associates
Petco, Issaquah
PetSmart, Issaquah
Pine Lake Club
Pioneer Coffee Roasting Company
Pitney Bowes Services
Providence Marianwood

QFC, Gilman Blvd, Pine Lake, Klahanie, Newcastle
Red Robin, Bellevue Square
Regal Cinemas, Issaquah
Ridge Fitness, Snoqualmie
Rite Aid, Factoria
River Dog
Round Table Pizza, Issaquah
Safeway, Issaquah, North Bend, Sammamish, Renton Highlands
San Mar
Snoqualmie Casino
Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course
Snoqualmie Police Department
Snoqualmie Valley YMCA
Squak Mountain Greenhouse and Nursery
Starbucks, Gilman, E. Lake Sammamish, Pine Lake, Klahanie Village, Renton Highlands
Swedish Medical Center Issaquah
Swedish, Pine Lake Clinic
Target, Issaquah
Tavon Center
The Golf Club at Newcastle
The Grange Supply
The Rotary Club of Issaquah
Trader Joe’s, Issaquah
True Martial Arts
Tutta Bella, Issaquah
Twedes Cafe
University House, Issaquah
US Archives
Walgreens, Issaquah, Bellevue
Whole Foods, Bellevue
WildFin, Issaquah, Renton
York Building Services, Bellevue
Zeek’s Pizza, Issaquah Highlands