The Washington State Independent Living Council (WASILC) is partnering with the Alliance of People with Disabilities to host a public hearing. The public hearing will gather information to develop a three year (2017-2019) State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) that addresses Independent Living needs in your community. Seattle is one of fourteen cities designated for public hearings from August until December.

  • Inform the public about the responsibilities of WASILC and theCenters for Independent Living (CILs) in our communities.
  • Provide an overview of the duties and responsibilities ofWASILC, as they relate to systemic advocacy and education.
  • Provide an overview of the duties and responsibilities of the CILsand the core services they provide in our communities.
  • ∗Light snacks and beverages will be provided.
    WHERE: Beacon Hill Library2821 Beacon Ave. S.Seattle, WA 98144
    WHEN: Tuesday, December 8th , 2015 12:30 to 2:30pm Understand how the local community is serving individuals in
    regards to housing, transportation, and all issues pertaining to
    people with disabilities living independently in our community.

Call to RSVP and request accommodations for this event at (800) 624-4105. Accommodations must be made 2 weeks in advance.

 If you are a youth or young adult with a disAbility, come check out the new Alliance Youth Transition Peer Group at our Bellevue office. Come for new friends, resources, support, and fun! Give Kyla a call or email if you are going to show up, so we can have enough food!
Alliance Empowerment Group Flyer- 5-2015

Anthro-Tech, a user-centered design, usability research and training firm based in Seattle & Olympia, is currently looking for participants for a study of a new Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) website. The study will take place in the next couple of weeks. And, I’m also looking to build relationships to get the word out about future opportunities.

In a typical study,

  • participants join a facilitated session where they review a website, try to do some tasks, and give feedback on their experience
  • sessions are usually 1 – 1½ hours long
  • participants get $100-150 in exchange for their time
  • they work to include people with a range of expertise and comfort with technology
  • most of their current studies are run remotely using Zoom
  • they are conscious of privacy and don’t share participants’ personal information without explicit consent


Digital Accessibility Specialist

Office Phone, 360.584.9151 Cell: 206.659.8956, email:

The University of Washington is conducting a research study called the ‘Community Health Study’. It is a telephone based health-coaching study for adults 45-64 years old that are living with a long-term health condition (e.g. Amputation, Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis) that started before age 40. Download The Flier for more information.

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We will be discussing society’s misguided beliefs about working with a disAbility and the effects of Ableism in the workplace.

Thu, June 17, 2021
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM PDT

About this event

In this presentation in the Understanding Ableism series, participants will:

• Identify the thoughts and behaviors behind Ableism in the workplace and gain insight on how employers and co-workers can work towards eliminating it.

• Increase your awareness of the existence of Systemic Ableism in the world of work, and how it affects people with disAbilities.

• Recognize what barriers people face with obtaining and maintaining a job, disclosing a disAbility and accessing accommodations at work.

This event will have ASL and CART.

Register Here

Alliance and The Arc of King County are co-hosting a vaccination clinic on Sunday, May 2nd at the Atlantic Street Boat Ramp in S. Seattle. This clinic is designed for the disability community which means the following:

In-car or walk-up vaccination options
ASL & Deaf-Blind interpreters upon request
Easily available seating in all areas
Close to public transportation
Free Lyft rides for anyone who needs it
Fidget/sensory items
Space to pace/walk for those who don’t prefer to sit
Volunteers very familiar with the communication, sensory, and behavioral needs of people with developmental disabilities
Spoken language interpreters upon request.
People with disabilities, their families, caregivers, roommates, support people (e.g. job coaches, therapists, teachers, etc.), and close friends can all attend.

Registration is required

When: Sunday, May 2 10AM-3PM
Where: Rainier Beach Boat Launch: 8702 Seward Park Ave S, Seattle

Folks needing to request an interpreter or a Lyft ride should contact Rachel Nemhauser: or 208-829-7046

Great News for COVID vaccines for People with Disabilities and care providers!

On March 4th, 2021, Governor Inslee announced changes in the Washington State Vaccine Prioritization. The changes clarify guidance for paid and unpaid caregivers and add individuals with disabilities that are at high risk for COVID. For specific information, review the Department of Health’s Vaccine Allocation Guidelines for complete information. A summary of the changes include:

  1. Currently Eligible – Phase 1A: The definition of eligible caregivers was clarified to include (licensed, unlicensed, paid, unpaid, formal, or informal) individuals who support the daily, functional and health needs of another individual (adult or child) who is at high risk for COVID-19 illness due to advanced age, long-term physical condition, co-morbidities, or development or intellectual disability.
  2. Currently Eligible – Phase 1B1: This phase now includes licensed and license-exempt childcare workers and K – 12 educators
  3. Tentatively March 22 – Phase 1B2: This phase is now ALL high-risk workers in certain congregate settings, people age 16 or older who are pregnant, and people age 16 and older who have a disability that puts them at higher risk for COVID. This includes individuals with Down syndrome, a development disability, intellectual disability, or are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/low-vision, or deafblind AND that disability or an underlying medical condition increases their risk for severe outcomes per the CDC guidelines.
  4. Tentatively April 12 (age 50+) and April 26 (ages 16 – 49) in Phase 1B3: People with 2 or more comorbidities are eligible. See the CDC’s list of conditions that put people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID 19 for full list of comorbidities
  5. Tentatively April 26 – Phase 1B4: People (residents, staff, volunteers) in congregate living settings (e.g., correction facilities, prisons, jails, detention centers; group homes for people with disabilities) and people experiencing homelessness that access services or live in congregate settings (e.g., shelters, temporary housing) who were not covered in a previous tier.