The Alliance of People with disAbilities, the Independent Living Center in King County, Washington State, has a long history serving the community Established in 1977, in 2010, the organization celebrates 33 years of continuous operation in King County, with offices in Seattle and Bellevue, The Alliance, provides empowerment and assistance to individuals with disAbilities.Alliance believes in equality, inclusion and choice. The majority of our management, staff, and Board of Directors are individuals with disAbilities. Alliance participants have all types of disabilities, and belong to any age group.
An Independent Living Center is a community-based organization that works with individuals with disabilities on obtaining access to housing, employment, transportation, assistive technology,
communities, recreational facilities, health and social services. Our center started when a group of King County disability rights activists joined together to urge enactment of regulations implementing Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act.
Since then the organization has changed and matured; we serve thousands of participants yearly, employ a full time staff of 13, and have a professional board of directors. Operating as an independent living center since 1991, we are dedicated to providing the four core independent living services which are:
- Information and Referral
- Independent Living Skills Training
- Peer Counseling (on an individual and group basis)
- Advocacy (self advocacy and systems advocacy). Our advocacy efforts at the Alliance include the Disabilities Law Project with a lawyer who handles civil rights cases for community members
“Independent Living is having the right and opportunity to pursue a course of action. And, it is having the freedom to fail-and to learn from one’s failures, just as nondisabled people do.”