Mission Statement

Palouse Industries will provide education, training, and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities residing in Whitman and Latah Counties in order to assist them to attain their highest possible socioeconomic level in the community.

Purpose Statement

Palouse Industries serves as a model for areas businesses and service providers to see children and adults with special needs as contributing members of our society. Ideally, Palouse Industries strives for the day when supports will be available in each preschool, business, public agency, and charitable organization that would sufficiently serve the needs of people with disabilities. Until then we are at the service of our community, state, local municipalities and families.

Program Managers

Contact icon for Eric
Executive Director
(509) 332-6561

Contact icon for Thelma
Business Manager
(509) 332-6561

Contact icon for Sue
Director of Children and Family Services
(509) 332-4420

Contact icon for Teresa
Employment Services Coordinator
(509) 332-6561


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Declaration of Philosophy

Palouse Industries and it programs operate under the following basic philosophical assumptions:

Efficacy of Early Intervention- The most important age for learning for persons with special needs is early childhood. Early identification and training are needed and important to the future development of a child.

Opportunities to Work- All persons bear the right to be given the opportunity to work from which they derive self-worth. Self-worth is a key component in personal growth and work should maximize both.

Individualized Program- Programs and services need to maximize the development and productivity of each individual. Adults, children and their families will actively contribute in the planning and design of their program.

Inclusion- Persons with disabilities benefit extensively from increasing their association with persons without disabilities. Adults, children, and their families shall be provided services within environments, to the maximum extent possible, with non-disabled individuals.

Generic Services- Generic services are those common to all people within the community. The first choice of service provision for persons with disabilities is the services available to persons without disabilities. If necessary, accommodations may be made available to facilitate service to a person with a disability within the same organization providing the service to a non-disabled individual.

Natural/Typical Settings- Training activities should take place in situations where the skills are needed, or in the same environment where non-disabled peers learn the same skills or have similar experiences.

Chronological Age and Social Relevance- Experiences for persons with disabilities should be relevant to their chronological ages and consistent with experiences typical for their non-disabled peers.

Learning from Life- Most individuals continue to learn valuable skills and knowledge not only in formal educational and training settings, but it should be assumed that persons with disabilities will gain from experiences where training is less formal and support is available. Learning from natural consequences in typical environments and among non-disabled individuals is a desirable adjunct to the time-limited formal training.

Supported in part by United Way

United Way