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

February 2017

Welcome to Alliance of People with disAbilities

Last month’s meeting had good attendance with two new members. Please feel free to share peer group meeting times with people with disabilities. I have attached a flyer that can be printed or email to others. We are now on meet-up groups use the following link for more information. https://www.meetup.com/The-Alliance-of-People-with-disAbilities/
Meeting times are now changed to the last week of every month on Monday at 1pm.
Please let me know if the new meeting times conflict with you schedule.

Last Month in a snap shot:
1. Report on the SAIL meetings from group member.
2. Volunteer opportunities with the King County Mobility Coalition are now open
3. Request for members’ testimonials: a photo and media releases/restrictions if you would like to share your story of working with us. Please contact Tanya for more information. (tanya@disabilitypride.org 206-445-1714).

New Events:
1. Meeting time February 27th Bill Youngman from DVR.
2. Presidents Day February 20th office is closed.
3. Section 8 voucher open lottery in February-please contact alliance staff members for more information. We will send out more information soon.
4. ABLE Accounts in Washington State starting in 2017, but when? http://ablenrc.org
5. Volunteer opportunities with us please contact a staff member for more information.
6. Democracy Vouchers have been mailed to Seattle residence. Learn more at: http://www.seattle.gov/democracyvoucher
7. Learn more about the LEAP program at the Seattle Library setting up date for tour.
4. Starting classes for PWD to learn internet and software at the Seattle Library please RSVP if you are interested in attending class
5. Self-Advocates in Leadership (SAIL) www.sailcoalition.org/ meeting held on the 2nd Tuesday monthly.

Monthly Peer Support Group:
1120 E Terrace St. Suite 100
Seattle WA 98122

When: First Tuesday of Every Month 4:30-6:00PM

Another peer support group by SASG:115th Ave E Suite 201 Seattle WA 98122. Phone 206-322-2437
Questions? Email Shaun Bickley at shuan@disabilitypride.org.

FREE! Every third Thursday in 2017 10:00-11:00AM Children Welcome Light Snacks Provided

February 16th July 20th

March 16th August 17

April 20th September 21

May 18th October 19th

June 15th November 16th

December 21st

Meet at The Alliance of People with disAbilities

1120 E Terrace ST #100, Seattle

This is a group for people with disabilities who are parents.

Being a parent is stressful enough that adding an individuals’ unique challenges and barriers can be over whelming.THIS-ABILITY provides an opportunity to discuss shared experiences,successes and trials in a supportive environment. There’s nothing better than “sharing the load” with someone who knows exactly what you’re going through.

Join us to meet others, make new friends, find resources, and learn something new.

Questions? contact Hope Drummond at 206-633-6634 or email hope@disabilitypride.org.

January 2017

Welcome to Alliance of People with disAbilities

Last month’s meeting had good attendance with one new member. Please feel free to share peer group meeting times with people with disabilities. I have attached a flyer that can be printed or email to others. We are now on meet-up groups use the following link for more information. https://www.meetup.com/The-Alliance-of-People-with-disAbilities/
Meeting times are now changed to the last week of every month on Monday at 1pm.
Please let me know if the new meeting times conflict with you schedule.

Last Month in a snap shot:
1. NW Access Fund presentation on Financial Tools for People With Disabilities. Guest speaker Hannah Langlie.
2. Washington Access: Financial Goals for You 11/21/16
3. King County Mobility Coalition quarterly meeting 2/21/17
4. Volunteer opportunities with the King County Mobility Coalition
5. Self Advocates in Leadership (SAIL) www.sailcoalition.org/ meeting held on the 2nd Tuesday monthly.
6. Request for members’ testimonials: a photo and media releases/restrictions if you would like to share your story of working with us. Please contact Tanya for more information. (tanya@disabilitypride.org 206-445-1714).

New Events:
1. Meeting time change! January 23rd and February 27th.
2. Martin Luther King National Holiday and National Volunteer day January 16th office is closed.
3. Presidents Day February 20th office is closed.
4. Section 8 voucher open lottery in February-please contact alliance staff members for more information. We will send out more information soon.
5. ABLE Accounts in Washington State starting in 2017, but when? http://ablenrc.org
6. Volunteer opportunities with us please contact a staff member for more information.
7. Democracy Vouchers have been mailed to Seattle residence. Learn more at: http://www.seattle.gov/democracyvoucher

Monthly Peer Support Group:
1120 E Terrace St. Suite 100
Seattle WA 98122

The Financial Capability Program Manager position offers a unique opportunity for a highly-motivated individual to operate a program to increase the financial capability of individuals with disabilities in Washington and Oregon. The Financial Capability Program Manager will work with trusted partner organizations, volunteers, and directly with individuals with disabilities and their families to support program participants with identifying and reaching target financial goals.

About Northwest Access Fund: Northwest Access Fund (NWAF) is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) established by and for individuals with disabilities. We promote access to technology and economic opportunity for individuals with disabilities living in Washington and Oregon. NWAF offers affordable financing (low interest loans and matched savings accounts) for assistive technology needed for any purpose and for business equipment needed for employment and self-employment. NWAF also offers services to enhance financial capability.

Position Responsibilities:

Financial Coaching: Provide one-on-one coaching to participants with disabilities and their families (in-person, over the phone, and online). Assist participants with goal-setting, budgeting, credit building, debt repayment, savings, utilization of quality financial services and products, asset development, and referral to certified benefits planners. Monitor participant progress toward financial goals. Follow up with participants on referrals to other financial services professionals when applicable. Maintain files and data for all participants including a Financial Well-being Assessment, credit report, appointment notes, and personalized action plan.
Volunteer Management: Identify, train, and manage a pool of volunteer financial coaches. Provide necessary training, support, and resources to volunteer financial coaches to ensure successful provision of financial capability services.
Financial Education Classes: Develop and conduct financial education classes, workshops, and webinars. Oversee participant performance at onsite financial education classes and workshops.
Data Collection, Evaluation, and Reporting: Collect and verify all required data from participants throughout the program, including data from Financial Well-being Assessments, financial coaching software (LifeCents), training, classes and workshops, and referrals. Evaluate program outcomes regularly to ensure programmatic efficacy. Report program data to Board of Directors and other stakeholders.
Resource and Referral Development: Identify, cultivate, and maintain relationships with key community partners, including training and management of volunteer financial coaches. Identify resources, services, and referral relationships needed to support participants in achieving financial goals.
General Program Support: Provide support, as needed, to other core programs including cross-training in other service areas. Assist with special projects as assigned and other tasks deemed necessary to achieve overall goals and to operate a successful program.
Policy and Guidelines: Observe all guidelines related to confidentiality. Follow regulatory and quality control requirements. Work to ensure that satisfaction is a priority of the coaching program. Facilitate and offer reasonable accommodations to participants.
Travel: Travel regionally for training, coaching sessions, and occasional meetings as needed.
Desired Qualifications:

· Education: Master’s in Social Work preferred, will consider commensurate experience.

· Financial services expertise: The applicant should have a background in financial coaching, banking, asset development and/or a related economic development field. The applicant should have experience working with low-income individuals and families in one or more of the following areas: financial goal setting; budgeting; credit building, and debt management; utilization of quality financial services; asset development; and public benefits support. If applicant is not already certified as a financial coach, they must be willing to complete required training and certification.

· Disability and diverse community expertise: The applicant should have knowledge of disability-related issues, including economic and personal financial issues, either through professional or personal experience. Applicant should be comfortable and able to effectively work with a diverse constituent population; experience with assistive technology and implementing reasonable accommodations is desirable. Bilingual applicants who are fluent in English and Spanish or ASL preferred.

· Skills: Applicants should have:

Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, including the ability to engage with the public and collaborate with multiple stakeholders.
Strong organizational and program management skills, with attention to detail.
Ability to learn quickly, work independently, and handle multiple tasks efficiently, with excellent time management skills.
Excellent with numbers.
Knowledgeable of Microsoft Office software, and experience with data management.
Outstanding integrity
Individuals with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.

Compensation: $43,000 – $52,000 annually for full time work, depending upon qualifications, with option of health, dental and vision benefits and SIMPLE IRA (matches up to 3% of salary).

Start Date: Negotiable; target date is January 23, 2017

Application Procedure: Email resume and cover letter to Emerson Sekins at emerson@nwaccessfund.org. In the cover letter, please specifically address relevant experience and reasons for your interest in this particular position.

Questions: Please contact Emerson Sekins, Deputy Director, with questions at 206-328-5116 or emerson@nwaccessfund.org or more information about the organization, see www.nwaccessfund.org. Links to the jobd requirements are below. Choose from PDF or MS Word
financial-capability-program-manager_final pdf
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